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  • 1 Passeig Arqueològic (Muralles) Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Pg. de Catalunya E - 43000 Tarragona

    The Scipions were probably responsible for the city's colossal walls that date back to the 3C BC. They stand on a Cyclopean base made of enormous stone blocks stacked on top of each other. Transformed in the Middle Ages, these ramparts contain more t..

  • 2 Amphitheatre Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Parc del Miracle E - 43000 Tarragona

    The Amphitheatre is built by the sea in a magnificent natural site. From the top of the building, you can see the beach and part of the city. The monument is fairly well preserved, and if you sit on the terraces, you can imagine watching the great an..

  • 3 Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de la Seu E - 43000 Tarragona

    The façade of the cathedral is both gothic and romanesque in style. Inside, a startling sight catches the eye: the retable of Saint Thecle by Pere Joan which proves his great attention for detail. Other works of art should also not be missed: the tom..

  • 4 Old Hospital Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de les Coques E - 43000 Tarragona

    The old St Thecla Hospital (12C-14C) is currently the headquarters of the local Council. The building is surprising as it juxtaposes modern and old elements, such as the façade and the Romanesque doorway.

  • 5 Tarragona Romana Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    E - 43001 Tarragona

    During the four centuries of Roman colonisation, Tarraconensis was to become one of the major cities of the Roman Empire. This can be seen by the vestiges throughout the city which paint an excellent picture of the lives of its 30 000 former inhabita..

  • 6 Aquedücte de les Ferreres Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - 43001 Tarragona

    The Roman aqueduct, also known as the Devil's Bridge, is located 4km away from Tarragona. The two-tiered structure is 27m high and 217m long, built from stone without mortar. The techniques employed suggest that it was one of the first aqueducts buil..

  • 7 Mausoleo de Centcelles Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    E - 43001 Tarragona

    This monumental mausoleum, now in a vineyard, takes the form of two enormous buildings. They were built by a wealthy Roman in the 4C. The first chamber is covered by an immense cupola (diameter 11m) decorated with mosaics on themes favoured by the ea..

  • 8 Museu Nacional Arqueologic Interesting

    Museums and art

    pl. del Rei 5 E - 43000 Tarragona

    All the pieces on display here come from Taragona and its surroundings. The museum has the finest collections of Roman mosaics in Catalonia. The most extraordinary of all is without a doubt the mosaic of Medusa, with he penetrating gaze. On the 2nd f..

  • 9 Recinte Monumental del Pretori y del Circ Romà Interesting

    Museums and art

    pl. del Rei, s/n E - 43000 Tarragona

    This museum is housed in the praetorium, which is also known as the "Castillo de Pilatos". The building, which occupied one end of the Roman forum, has been used for a variety of purposes in its long history: an administrative centre in the..

  • 10 El Serallo Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Carrer Trafalgar E - 43000 Tarragona

    The smell of the sea will lead you to this shipping district. A charming atmosphere with restaurants and fish sellers.

  • 11 Diocesan Museum Interesting

    Religious buildings

    pl. de la Seu 3 E - 43003 Tarragona

    The museum brings together a wide variety of liturgical objects, including paintings, altarpieces and inumerable bas-reliefs, all of them of great artistic merit. Note, among other things, a monstrance and the 15C tapestry entitled The Good Life.

  • 12 El Médol Quarry

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    E - La Riera

    Near to Tarraco, there were many quarries that supplied the building sites in the town. One of the most active was El Mèdol. A 16 m high needle indicates the initial level of the rock before the first extractions.

  • 13 Forum Romà

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Carrer de Lleida E - 43000 Tarragona

    Today, the 24 columns that supported the portico of this forum remain. It was a place where the political, judicial, religious and commercial life of the colony was governed.

  • 14 Early Christian Museum and Necropolis

    Museums and art

    av. amón y Cajal 80 E - 43000 Tarragona

    First, an excavation area, then a museum building, then the funerary crypts and a vast garden displaying many sarcophaguses. An overview of the different types of burial places from the 3C to 6C.

  • 15 Museu-Casa Castellarnau

    Museums and art

    Cavallers 14 E - 43000 Tarragona

    During a visit to Taragona, Charles V lived for some time in this noble house. It has a charming patio and today houses period furniture.

  • 16 Roman Circus

    Archaeological and historical sites

    pl. del Rei E - 43000 Tarragona

    The Tarraco Circus was built at the time of the Emperor Domitian, from 81 to 96, and was used for horse racing. Although mostly ruined, it is one of the best-preserved structures of its kind in Europe.

  • 17 Provincial Forum

    Archaeological and historical sites

    pl. del Forum E - 43000 Tarragona

    A study of the epigraphs found in this area has allowed the size and importance of this great first century forum to be determined. The administration of the Hispania Citerior province was conducted from here, where only a section of wall remains.

  • 18 Arcades de la Carrer Merceria

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Carrer Merceira E - 43000 Tarragona

    These colonnades are all that remain of the old medieval market. As a great deal of restoration work has been done on them, they are currently in an excellent state of preservation.

  • 19 Jewish Quarter

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. dels Angels E - 43000 Tarragona

    All that remains of the Jewish Quarter are the Gothic colonnades of the Plaça dels Angels and a few labyrinthine streets, like that of Santa Anna.

  • 20 Plaça del Pallol

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. del Pallol E - 43000 Tarragona

    Roman remains are hidden under the medieval buildings. Next to the Antiga Audiència building (an old courthouse) porches and large Gothic windows survive, as well as the remains of the Roman gate to the provincial forum.

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