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Catedral Basilica Metropolitana Primada de Tarragona

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Address: Placa de la Seu | Entrada por Carrer Mare de Deu del Claustre, Tarragona, Spain
Phone Number: +34 977 22 69 85
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The cathedral is dedicated to St Thecla and is erected at the top of the...

The cathedral is dedicated to St Thecla and is erected at the top of the acropolis or hill of the ancient city. Its construction began in the year 1171 and it was consecrated on 4 July 1331. Its foundations and later architectural development are located on the remains of an ancient Roman construction begun in the second quarter of the 1st century bc. and completed at the beginning of the Vespasian Empire (69-79 AD). The Cathedral is gothic in style. Its floor plan is in the form of a Latin cross, with three naves each with their own apses and transept. The head is of Romanesque tradition with half-point arches supporting the extension of the stone wall and pilasters following the new constructive techniques of the Gothic movement.

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Smiling Saint Michael Welcomes You to the Tarragon Cathedral Basilica

We wandered through the streets of Tarragon on a recent visit and found this most remarkable basilica. The building with its fabulous facade is wonderful and the quality of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the biggest cathedral in the province of Tarragona. The interior is dominated by grey stones and dark wood. The side chapels in contrast are abundantly decorated and vary from early gothic to baroque.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wandered through the streets of Tarragon on a recent visit and found this most remarkable basilica. The building with its fabulous facade is wonderful and the quality of the audio guide you can rent significantly enhances the visit. The audio allows you to tour the cathedral linking the numbers shown on the walls with the audio numbers. We viewed... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked all round the city of Tarragona and visited the cathedral. It was constructed during the 12th -14th century and built on the highest point of the capital. It is not a difficult walk and the entrance is quite beautiful.

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Nice place to visit not only for religious people with nice harden and huge indoor place with amazing big organ.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The building is impressive from the outside -and dominates the skyline- less so the interior but the cloisters are lovely.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

So much to see -- I wish I had rented the audioguide! My daughter and I especially enjoyed the cloisters. A beautiful and interesting visit, even without the audioguide....

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Very impressive. The church itself is surprisingly big- the nave not so much so, but that is because it is surrounded by very wide aisles full of decorated chapels. There is a lot of really good decoration here, and the carved and gilded main altarpiece is pretty jaw-dropping. As if that weren’t enough, the cloister is also superb, and there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

A nice cathedral located in the old part of the city. Look our fora door at the far left hand side of the church. This takes you out to the cloisters which are excellent.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

this piece of architectural design is very impressive and inside you feel very peaceful and relaxed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Quite an interesting cathedral. It's built over roman ruins and was started in the 12th Century. Fascinating that the Moors were present from around 720AD to 1050AD BUT there is no evidence that they were here!!

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