Tarragona

Tarragona
The city of Tarragona is located o­n the east coast of Spain and sits south of Catalonia. Tarragona is the capital of Catalan comarca Tarragones. This city has an estimated population of 155,300 people according to the 2009 census.

Tarragona is home to many famous sites that date back to the Roman Era. Cuartel de Pilatos is believed to date back before the Roman Era and is said to be the palace used by Augustus, or better known as the house of Pilate. During the 19th century this building was also used to house prisoners. Placa de la Font is a circus that was built over a 2nd century amphitheatre. This amphitheatre can still be traced in this area situated o­n the sea side. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the amphitheatre was used mainly as a quarry until the circus was constructed. For anyone interested in the Roman history of the area, this is definitely a place you will want to visit. Some of the other sites you will be able to tour include the Roman citadel, the Aurelian Way, the sepulchre of the Scipios and the arch of Sura.

Cathedaral of Tarragona
The city of Tarragona is rich with religious history. With breathtaking cathedrals, convents and churches, tourists will not want to forget their cameras. This area houses historical landmarks, such as the Convent of Santa Teresa, the Convent of the Dominicans which is now used as the town hall, the Archiepiscopal Palace and the former Convent of San Francisco. The largest church in the area is The Cathedral. This building features beautiful stained glass windows, a hand crafted organ built by Don Amigo in the 16th century and a marble baptismal font that was relocated from the palace of Augustus in the 12th century. Tourists will definitely gain a new appreciation for Tarragona after visiting this historical area.