The Spanish Inquisition

At one time or the other, you must have used or heard someone use the phrase “face the inquisition”. This often refers to a form of questioning or investigation that is meant to be harsh and will have the tendency of ending up in some form of punishment or sanction(s). In actual fact, the origin of the phrase can be traced partially to Spain. Often when people refer to an inquisition, what they have in mind is the Spanish inquisition. We describe the roots as partially traceable to Spain because Spain was not the only country in which the inquisitions took place. There were also the Roman and Portuguese inquisitions too, but the Spanish inquisition was the most prominent, and since we’re talking about Spain, we’ll focus on the Spanish inquisition.

What exactly was the Spanish Inquisition?

The official name for what is today known as the Spanish inquisition is Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition in Spain. It was a sort of tribunal for trying people who were accused of being heretics. Since the Spanish state as at that time was majorly Catholic and was strongly influenced by the Pope and the papacy, heresy was considered a serious crime and was punishable by death by burning at the stake. Suspects were sometimes made to undergo physical torture in order to extract confessions from them. Apart from heresy, the inquisition also had under its jurisdiction the trial and punishment of other sins like Sodomy, bigamy, blasphemy, and freemasonry. All of these were considered sinful acts by the church and by extension the Spanish state. Although witchcraft was one of the crimes to be handled by the Spanish inquisition, it appears historical accounts over exaggerated the role of the inquisition as most inquisitors often believed that witchcraft was more superstitious than real

Why Was the Spanish inquisition instituted?

During the reign of King Ferdinand II of Aragon, he considered the Jewish and Islamic populations within Spain as harmful to the Catholic faith of people, there was therefore a royal declaration that all Jews and Muslims were to either convert from Judaism and Islam to Catholicism or move out of Spain. For many Jews and Muslims, leaving Spain wasn’t practical, and so, a large number of them decided to stay and get converted. However, there were some who publicly claimed to have converted to Catholicism but still secretly practiced Islam and Judaism. Refusal to convert was punishable by being burned to death at a stake. The inquisitions were thus set up to try people who were accused of either being non-converts of heretics.

The Effects of the Spanish Inquisition.

Although it has been claimed that over-estimations were made during a period of anti-Catholicism, modern estimates state that about 150,000 people were brought to trial before the Spanish inquisition and out of this, around 3,000 to 5,000 were said to have been executed.

How long did the Spanish Inquisition last?

The Spanish inquisition was instituted by the decree of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile in 1478 and spanned a period of about 356 years before being abolished in 1834 by Queen Isabella II

Are you wondering why so many people travel to Spain

Spain is a great and popular country that many tourists are visiting each year. However, there are people that are wondering why so many people are traveling to Spain. Spain is an interesting country with interesting people. These are some of the other reasons why Spain is such an interesting country and why so many people are visiting this country on a regular basis.

It can be a cheap holiday

One of the great things about Spain, is that it can be a cheap holiday. Spain isn’t really expensive, and you will be able to afford the most expensive hotels and resorts. Even, if you are on a tight budget. They don’t believe in making things really expensive.

They are just trying to get as many tourists to their country as possible. People that can’t afford going to the expensive holiday destinations are coming to Spain to have a great time, without worrying about a budget.

Spain has always great weather

The other reason why Spain is such a great holiday destination is because you don’t have to worry about the weather. The weather is always great in Spain. For some, the weather might be too warm, but for most people the weather is just perfect for a summer holiday. They are getting more than 300 days of sunshine a year. So, going on holiday and worrying about a week full of rain, isn’t going to happen.

You should make sure that you are taking the right clothing with you, so that you don’t struggle with the heat. Especially, if you aren’t used to the warm climate of Spain.

The best historical cities

Spain has some of the best historical cities in the world. Most of the cities that people are visiting that are historical and that have great historical sites, is in Spain. We are thinking about cities like Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Seville, and Malaga.

People are going to Barcelona not only for the historical buildings, but for the stadiums that were built for the Olympic games that were held in 1992.

Beautiful beaches

Spain isn’t just about the historical buildings and popular cities. There are also some great beaches that can be found in Spain. Beaches that are going to be perfect for family getaways and that are going to ensure that you are going to have the time of your life.

You can choose between thousands of beaches throughout Spain. They have about 5,000 miles of coastline. And, all the beaches are beautiful and going to give you a great holiday.

Spain isn’t just another country. This is a great country to visit and to tour in. Too many people don’t travel to Spain, just because they don’t know the reasons why this is a country with this large number of tourists each year. These are some of the reasons why so many tourists are visiting Spain regularly and why Spain is getting more and more popular among tourists.  Many of my friends tell me also that if you are vacationing in the states, AZ is beautiful.