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“Procession at Easter”

Catedral Basilica Metropolitana Primada de Tarragona
Ranked #1 of 97 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.
Reviewed March 31, 2013

On Good Friday evening, all 16 churches in Tarragona form a major procession centered around the cathedral and the old town. First come the roman guards, and then 16 churches all follow with music, drums and carrying very large religious recreations. If you are in Barcelona or elsewhere in Catalonia around Easter, make sure you visit Tarragona on Good Friday for a once in a lifetime experience.

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

Beautiful interior garden, the building breathes history. Oddly, and this is valid for more than one historical church in Tarragona, the doors towards the market square are most of the times locked so you will be very lucky to get into the cathedral. Apparently there is always some excavation or other work going on.

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Reviewed December 15, 2012

The cathedral is well worth a visit. For an entrance fee of 4 Euro (2 Euro concessions) you can see the impressive 12th century cathedral, visit the cloisters and see an extensive display of mediaeval church art and silverware. The cloisters are particularly worthy of a visit, with extensive carvings and a generally restful atmosphere.
On a practical note, there are very modern toilets available just off the main Sacristy (room number 30 on the cathedral plan).

A good way to spend a couple of hours when in Tarragona.

1  Thank WorcesterLinda
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

Driving west out of Tarragona on the N420 to pick up the C-12 at Mora D'ebre, head south towards Tortosa. After going through a few villages, some of which are well worth a stop, the road starts to drop dramatically to reveal a beautiful valley winding down to Tortosa and then onto the delta of the River Ebre.
It's the drive down that is worth the ride, dropping a couple of thousand feet in only a few kilometres. Look out for the viewing points where you can park up and get out to see the views. There aren't many of them, but well worth it.
Enjoy !

Thank Brian D
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

Lovely old part of town. Nice cafes nearby too. Walking through the cloisters takes you back hundreds of years!

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