The Torture Museum
THE TORTURE MUSEUM – The exhibition has been obtaining a positive outcome from the public thanks to its great historical value, consisting of unique instruments all over the world. The museum doesn’t need to exaggerate through blood representations or horror scenes, the instruments speak for themselves.
The exhibition is unique in its key of interpretation and with a content of strong impression on visitors. The horror raised of the instruments allows us to make them our allies in the fight against any torture still practiced worldwide. The torture museum aims to preserve the memory and yet, to be extremely up-to-date.
The exhibition reveals the dark side of human nature. The content of the museum helps to raise ethical awareness and to respect others’ opinions and beliefs, which is the foundation of modern democratic systems.
The torture (that was called “rigorous exam”) was deemed a legitimate means to use in view of the release of the accused. During the Inquisition the Catholic Church aimed to cleanse souls from heresy and save them from perdition, so that every means that could bring the heretic to confess his mistakes and to abjure was legitimate.
The first offenders: the Cathars were the great religious alternative to the Western Christianity in the 12th and 13th century.
Towards them the Catholic Church reacted strongly and probably proportionally to the fear that this sect could cause distress in the whole Christian institution. To fight the Cathars they needed to use the same principles: apart from preaching, through a life of poverty, humility and charity. This new formula brought Domenico, ten years later, to the foundation of the Dominican Order. Because of the ineffectiveness of these non-violent interventions, Pope Innocent III proclaimed a crusade, the first declared from Christians against Christians. To remedy the religious ineffectiveness of the crusade and crush Catharism Pope Gregory IX established the Tribunal od Inquisition, that took seventy years to eliminate Catharism in southern France.
The Torture Museum
Vico Santa Luciella ai Librai 18/B, 80138 Napoli
tel. 081 552 3756
Open every day
from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm