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Museum of the Inquisition: photos, description (Musee de l Inquisition de Carcassonne)

In the beginning of XIII century the Catholic Church has created a special court, called the Inquisition. This historic decision was taken in 1215, Pope innocent III. A few years later was created an ecclesiastical Tribunal for the detection of heresies. In European countries, the Inquisition flourished in the Middle ages and existed until the nineteenth century, and then her institution was abolished. In France, the work of the Inquisition was suppressed first by the great French revolution, and then Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

A history of the Inquisition can be found in Carcassonne Museum which is located in the former city fortress. Carcassonne to create such a Museum was not chosen by chance - in 1215 and here was held the first ecclesiastical court established by the decree of innocent III. In Carcassonne heretics were interrogated under torture and held in the tower of the Inquisition, which survived until our time.

The Museum presents the tools of the inquisitors by which they beat recognition from their hapless victims. Among such devices - the rack and the garrote (fit to kill), "mask of shame", originally applied European "domostroevtsy" to pacify the wives, a device for squeezing the skull, and the tool of execution (the guillotine) and a chastity belt. The last "device" in the Inquisition was not used, but it is another excellent illustration of medieval mores and the degree of relationship to the fairer sex. Also in the Museum you can see a later invention for execution - the electric chair.

Next to the Museum of the Inquisition is a haunted House - themed attraction for children not too young, something like "panic room".