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Torture, forcing a person to make a particular statement by inflicting physical pain, played a central role in criminal trials from the end of the 15th century. The practice of torture was regulated to a great extent in the criminal codes Carolina (1532), and even later in the Constitutio Criminalis Theresiana (1776), although it was abolished shortly afterwards. Torture was inflicted by means of instruments of torture. A torture chamber now set up as a museum exists in Poeggstall (Lower Austria), an exhibition of torture practices can be viewed in Sommeregg fortress (Seeboden-Treffling, Carinthia).