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#4 of 6 Places To Visit in Hobart
penitentiary chapel
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Corner Brisbane and Campbell Street, Hobart 7000 TAS
entry fee
AUD 15 - AUD 79
per person
visit duration
1 to 2 hrs

about penitentiary chapel

Built in the early 1830's, the Penitentiary Chapel in Hobart offers a enthralling insight into colonial Tasmania. The chapel was originally designed as a convict prisoners' barracks for the town and operated as such until the early 1960s. It was later modified in sections to be re-used as two Supreme Courts.

The chapel served as gaols for more than 50,000 convicts and gives a fascinating understanding of the time when capital punishment was a part of the Tasmanian judicial system. Today, visitors flock from over the world to walk through the haunted gallows and the solitary cells. The chapel gives an extensive view of the inhumane conditions that the prisoners were subject to in their cramped, dark and damp cells. Capital punishment was abolished in Tasmania in 1968 but the underground tunnels and the execution scaffold at the chapel are a grim reminder of what once was an accepted inhuman practice in the country.

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