Early Christian necropolis (Necropolis Paleocristiana)

Next to the city Park is the early Christian necropolis (Necropolis Paleocristiana on the map) - the largest burial site of the late Roman Empire, known in the Western Mediterranean.

Tarragona. Museum of early Christianity. necropolis

The ancient cemetery was discovered during the reconstruction of a tobacco factory in 1923. The necropolis was located at a considerable distance from the old city and covered a vast area. More than two thousand graves cover the period from the third to fifth centuries ad. The cemetery surrounded a Basilica dedicated to the martyrs of Bishop Fructosis and his companions, who were executed by the Romans in the arena of the amphitheater. Judging by the variety of burials-from the simplest headstones-tegulae (tegulae) to real mausoleums, Christians of various classes were buried here, the deceased were buried both in wooden coffins and North African sarcophagi.

Tarragona. Museum of early Christianity. necropolis

On the territory of the necropolis is the Museum of early Christianity. Unfortunately, again, everything was closed.

Tarragona. Museum of early Christianity

It remains only to go to the Bank of the Francoli river (El Francolí) and admire the Pont Nou bridge).

Tarragona. The Bridge Of Santa Tesla

Then I headed towards the centre along the Avenida Ramon and Kahal. It's a day off, cars are parked at the curb, and the roadway is deserted. There are no pedestrians either. The city looks extinct. Christmas...


No Spanish city is complete without a Bullring. Tarragona arena (Plaça de toros on the map it was built by a private company in 1883-1888 under the project of architect Ramon Salas I Ricomà in neo-Moorish style. The building looks round, but consists of 48 segments with straight walls. The outer diameter of the structure is one meter, and the height is 16.5 meters. In 1949, the municipality of Tarragona bought the building into city ownership. In 2010, the stands were reconstructed and a huge sliding dome with a radius of 40 meters and a weight of 980 tons appeared. The cost of the work was 18 million euros. Now bullfighting in Catalonia is banned, and the arena has received a new status - the Tarraco cultural center arena is used for concerts, theater productions and sports competitions.

Tarragona. Bullring.