Torture Museum, telling the gloomy past of Prague

In history, mankind invented various ingenious and cruel methods of torture to deal with the same kind. Torture is an important part of human legal history and one of the most frightening cultural symbols. In European countries, there are various torture and torture museums that record the shameful history of these countries. Prague is an online celebrity check-in place for literary and artistic youths. The majestic churches, colorful urban buildings, and the maze-like old city all tell about the power of this thousand-year-old city and the kingdom of Bohemia behind it. Few people know the Prague Torture Museum, it will let people experience the eerie side of Prague.

Use wax figures to restore the medieval execution scene

The Torture Museum in Prague is located on the east side of the famous Prague Square, in a four-story rococo-style building. From the outside, it looks similar to other sweet architectural styles in Prague. Although the sign of the Torture Museum is a bit exaggerated, it is not too scary. The only thing that makes your scalp numb is the wax figure wearing torture equipment in the window. If Yueheifenggaoye happened to pass by, he might be frightened.

The Prague Torture Museum exhibits nearly one hundred original torture instruments or models from the Middle Ages and early modern times in Europe. The exhibition halls on the ground are no different from general museums. They are all kinds of torture instruments. The torture instruments are equipped with medieval-style cartoons to illustrate their usage and explain them in detail in eight different languages. The real horror is the part of the dungeon, where the scene of the medieval execution was restored with wax figures, such as burning witches to death, beheading criminals, and steel needle armor. The lights in the gloomy cellar were dim, as if countless souls were lingering around, making the scalp numb.

The area of ​​the torture museum is not large, about 400 square meters in total, and it takes about half an hour to visit. This is also the common scale of various torture museums in Europe. Visiting many characteristic museums in Europe and experiencing the culture and history behind the exhibits is the most essential part.

Punish “witchcraft” and “heresy”

In the Middle Ages, torture was used as a means to obtain information, punish infidels, or avenge. The church specially designed special penalties to punish “witchcraft” and “heresy.” In order to eliminate the so-called “demon-like evil”, the Inquisition designed various instruments of torture to punish suspects and lawbreakers or force them to confess.

From the infamous “torture table”, “brain shattered” and “iron maiden” to various gallows and guillotines, seeing most of these instruments of torture from the Inquisition, it seems that you can see countless ordinary people who have been beaten and beaten. In this dark dungeon, he gradually lost his last dignity and courage to survive. The original intention of many visitors to the Torture Museum is to hunt for novelty, but in the meantime, apart from fear, there is more sorrow and suffering for mankind.

To this day, torture is still part of the legal system of many countries, and torture to extract confessions is also a method that some law enforcement officials refuse to give up. From the cruel videos of the “Islamic State” to the shocking truths in Guantanamo prison, to the tragic death of Freud on the streets of the United States, all remind us to be vigilant against the cruel nature of human beings.

Dungeon is another aspect of European architecture

If the church represents the well-dressed appearance of European medieval and modern civilization, then the dungeon is another aspect of European architecture. The heaven and dungeon represented by the church are the most vivid portrayal before the arrival of the light of enlightenment in Europe.

In the Old Town of Prague, basically every building will have a cellar. Today, many restaurants and bars are even specially selected underground to become a feature. And the cellar is slightly changed, it is a dungeon. As the religious and cultural center of Central and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages, the Czech Republic was full of priests and churches. Each church had its own dungeon to detain and punish religious criminals.

In the Middle Ages, the whole of Europe, including Bohemia, was under religious control. In the past 1,000 years, all people’s lives have revolved around religion. The Holy See is violent, and ordinary people are numb with fear and keep their eyes open. In the Torture Museum, it can be seen that many of the targets executed are religious criminals, and rulers can use torture against ordinary people under the pretext of God. The rule of darkness has made the people’s resistance more and more fierce. The two “window-throwing incidents” in Prague’s history are the fierce resistance of the Czech people to the terror rule of the Holy See. These two incidents also triggered fierce wars and changed the history of Europe. Towards.

The instruments of torture seen in the Prague Torture Museum today are part of European medieval history. These instruments of torture are stained with the blood of countless ordinary people. They are the result of a thousand years of struggle between religion and secularity, but they are also the result of human beings’ ignorance to civilization Witness always reminds us of the cost and terror of ignorance.