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“Pillars of the Earth”

Catedral Basilica Metropolitana Primada de Tarragona
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Complete Guided Tour of Tarragona Cathedral, The Cloister and The Diocesan...
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Visit Tarragona Cathedral Cloister and Diocesan Museum
Ranked #2 of 96 things to do in Tarragona
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
dublin , ireland
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“Pillars of the Earth”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Magnificent masonry work. Free entry to the Cathedral when we went there . Check for visit times as its often closed. Marvel at the effort of man to pay homage to God. Light a candle (not the electronic type) for the ones you love. There is a bit of renovation at the moment so leave a donation if you can to preserve this for future generations.

Visited November 2012
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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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“Largest cathedral in Catalunya”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

Great value for the entrance fee, the cathedral is absolutely gigantic. I also got the guided tour, which was great at some points and tiresome at others. I found it hard to follow when they were describing all of the chapels within the Cathedral, since there are so many and they are not labeled well. Other than that, the cloister is magnificent and the sanctuary of the cathedral is awe-inspiring. Definitely a must-see in Tarragona!

Visited October 2012
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“Peaceful oasis, not to be missed”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

After years of restoration, this beauty can again be visited free of ugly scaffolding and noisy, dusty ongoing work. This is one of the most beautiful cathedrals of Spain. Its simplicity makes it all the more impressive. For once, the original romanesque and gothic lines of the structure are almost free of the later baroque addings which you so often find in Spain. The mainly romanesque cloisters are a peaceful oasis full of amusing details carved in stone. The museum is a curious mix of the usual religious pieces, some of them very amusing, and some interesting Roman and medieval pieces in the rooms just opposite the ticket booth. You can easily while away more than an hour in here. This is a place not to be missed, and with the restoration work finished and their new, much longer open hours, now there is no reason you should.

Visited October 2012
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“Great gothic curch”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

worth a visit inside the curch and in particular the cloister. Interesting Museum attached to the cathedral hosts historical masterpieces.

Visited October 2012
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Madrid, Spain
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“Hidden gem”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

Who would have thought in a city faraway like Tarragona, there would be so much riches and architectural beauty? We were pleasantly surprised and we were glad we decided not to skip it.

Visited September 2012
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