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Catedral Basilica Metropolitana Primada de Tarragona

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Address: Placa de la Seu. Tarragona | Entrada por Carrer Mare de Deu del Claustre, Tarragona, Spain
Phone Number: 977-22-69-85
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Description: 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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Best example of Catalan Gothic

A beautiful church with a wonderful example of the flat, relatively sober, Catalan facade, beautifully framed by the street leading up to it. The interior is also perfectly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

A beautiful church with a wonderful example of the flat, relatively sober, Catalan facade, beautifully framed by the street leading up to it. The interior is also perfectly proportioned. In the sun the whole structure was a gorgeous color. There is also a fine cloister. The best church we saw in Catalonia and far better than any of those in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Didn't expect this lovely cathedral when we planned to stop at tarragon a for lunch on our way to barcelona ....what a surprise...lovely big cathedral with gorgeous stained glass...great religious figures and artefacts...really nice place to visit...you can get an audio guide but unfortunately we didn't have the time...definately the next time

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Visited on a sunday when the local rastro market was in the square ouside, which made the visit more interesting. The ourside is very beautiful, but the stone carved figures seem to have been carved over two time periods, as some seemed very 1960,s with simplestic faces, while others seem older. Unfortuntely as we arrived the church was closing for... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This is one of the only two tourist attractions opened on Monday. Well worth a visit but frustrating as there is a mixture of different add-on's from the 7th century to 12th century when the cathedral was built. If we are to do it again, we would certainly looked at bringing a guidebook and/or pay for the audioguide.

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Kent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

If you love cathedrals this one is another beautiful example, with Lovely stained glass windows and beautiful interior. I could spend hours walking round

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Deltona, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The church is beautiful but there is more. They have many antiques from hundreds of years ago on display. The antiques are artwork, statues and religious items. We spent quite a while, they provide a map that leads you through the entire facility. I wish I had gotten the audio tour but I still saw and enjoyed my visit.

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Bequia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

My wife and I visited many Cathedrals, Castles, Mansions etc. and this was one of the best. Firstly there were hardly any tourists so it was very quiet and personal. The Cathedral is BIG and there are so many interesting historical artifacts, more than most. We spent a long time in here as there was so much to see. This... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Great Cathedral, I was surprised by its size compared to the size of the town. I visited on a Wednesday afternoon and the gift shop was closed, bummer.

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Thurso
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Fist I should say do not go on a Sunday as the Cathedral is closed. Wonderful chapels. Fantastic artworks. Beautiful stain glass windows. You can also hire a thingy ( see how technical I am) which you listen to, each area is numbered to the talk and gives you a lot of information about that which you are viewing. They... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

Was lucky enough to be here the weekend of the living history event which was based around the Cathedral and the streets It was an amazing weekend and the cathedral is quite spectacular A lovely day with lots of entertainment too

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