Forum Roma, Tarragona

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    by Oleg_D.
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    Colonial Forum

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 4, 2014

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    The forum was the center of daily life where people socialized and discussed public matters. A vast square, it was rimmed by the most important buildings in the city: the curia, the basilia, temples and countless shops.
    Unfortunately, much of Tarraco’s forum was destroyed as a result of urban expansion in XIX century. Today only a portion of the basilica, a large building divided into three naves separated by columns, remains.
    Another section of the ruins that has survived reveals the back of the capital city’s temple and several streets with pedestrian walkings and homes.
    Opening times
    1 June to 30 September:
    Tuesday-Saturday: 9am-9pm.
    Sundays and public holidays: 9am-3pm.
    1 October to 31 May:
    9am-5pm.
    Sundays and public holidays: 10am-3pm.
    Closed: Mondays, 1 and 6 January, 1 May and 25-26 December.

    Tickets and prices
    Joint visit including Amphitheatre, Casa Castellarnau House, Praetorium, Defensive Walls, Forum and Circus: General admission: €8.30. Reduced: €4.10 (retired persons, unemployed persons, groups, minimum 25 people, students over 16 years, with ID).
    Admission to Roman Forum only: General admission: €2.10. Reduced: €1 (retired persons, pensioners, unemployed persons, groups, minimum 25 people, and students, with ID).
    Free: ICOM members, under 16s and school group.

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    Forum Local Romà - Colonia lulia Urbs Triumphalis.

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Tarragona is part of that privileged group of cities that has converted its historical heritage into a symbol of identity. The city's Roman monuments are included in the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites and was one of the main reasons why we wanted to visit Tarragona and especially the Forum Local Romà.

    From the end of the 3th century and throughout the 2nd century BC Tarraco was a free or federated Roman city, as well as being a very important winter camp for the legions. Under Julius Caesar it became the 'Celonia lulia Urbs Triumphalis Tarraco', and from then on it began to be provided with political and administrative structures necessary for a Roman colony. The Forum was the nerve centre of Roman Tarraco. The city's main streets led to it and it was the focal point for all public activities. As such, it became the meeting place for the local elite, as well as being the administrative centre. It was, in summary, the centre of the social and political life of the colony. Time to explore!

    Opening hours:
    1 october to the week before Easter:
    * Tuesday - Saturday: 09:00u - 17:00u;
    * Sunday and public holidays: 10:00u - 15:00u;
    * Monday closed.

    Easter to 30 september:
    * Tuesday - Saturday: 09:00u - 21:00u;
    * Sunday and public holidays: 09:00u - 15:00u;
    * Monday closed.

    Looking up towards the Curia / Aedes August. Relinde and Iris in front of the Basilica.
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    Forum Local Romà - Friendly entrance fee.

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Forum Local Romà was located in the lower part of the Roman city, in the residential area, half way between the provincial administration sector and the port. Today it is delimited by Cervates, Lleida, Soler and Gasometre Street. We had some difficulties on finding the entrance at Lleida Street and we even walked under the footbridge over Soler Street, seeing both parts of the Forum, but not able to enter it. Quite rustrating!

    But anyway, we found the entrance and were pleasantly surprised by the friendly entrance fee of €2,20 per adult and the kids were free! We learned that a large number of sections of buildings have been excavated in this particular area and many inscriptions and statues have been found, especially of emperors and members of the imperial family. We immediately saw one of the main buildings of the Forum - the judicial basilicia, which was built in the time of either Augustus or Tiberius and would have been located at the northeastern end of the forum square. The preserved remains include some of the columns that separated the main nave from the side naves and a series of small rooms that were probably the offices of the judicial administration.

    Opening hours:
    1 october to the week before Easter:
    * Tuesday - Saturday: 09:00u - 17:00u;
    * Sunday and public holidays: 10:00u - 15:00u;
    * Monday closed.

    Easter to 30 september:
    * Tuesday - Saturday: 09:00u - 21:00u;
    * Sunday and public holidays: 09:00u - 15:00u;
    * Monday closed.

    Our entrance ticket to Forum Local Roma. Front page of the brochure we received.
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    Forum Local Romà - Monsignor Joan Serra Vilaró.

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Iris had quite the time of her life. She climbed up columns and jumped off huge and old brick stones. Filled with historical notion she shouted:"Gheee, it's quite a fun place, isn't it?"

    We continued our tour by visiting the Curia, where the local senate (Ordo Decurionum) would have met. Crossing the footbridge over Soler Street we first saw the remains of a building (possibly a second basilica or a porticus), of which only part of the floor and a series of column foundation remained. Next we came to the remains of a small peristyle and plain columns in front of a room with some deposits lined with flagstones (City's Public Treasury). We also saw the colony's main temple and the initerary ended with remains of an area of Roman housing and a paved street. On our way back to the entrance we stopped at the commemorative bust dedicated to Monsignor Joan Serra Vilaró, the archaeologist who excavated this site around 1920. And quite a site it is, a must see!

    Opening hours:
    1 october to the week before Easter:
    * Tuesday - Saturday: 09:00u - 17:00u;
    * Sunday and public holidays: 10:00u - 15:00u;
    * Monday closed.

    Easter to 30 september:
    * Tuesday - Saturday: 09:00u - 21:00u;
    * Sunday and public holidays: 09:00u - 15:00u;
    * Monday closed.

    Jeroen and Iris at the Hypostyle Room. A Roman street and remains of houses.
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    Fòrum Romà

    by MalenaN Written Mar 25, 2008

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    The City Forum was constructed in the lower part of the Roman city and is situated further away from the other sites situated around old town. The forum was the centre of many city activities. Today you can see the remains of a basilica, tall columns, vaults, a water cistern, a paved street, a temple and houses.

    From Easter to September the Fórum Romà is open between 9 - 21, on Tuesday - Saturday, and between 9 - 15 on Sundays.
    October to Easter the Fòrum Romà is open between 9 - 17 on Tuesday - Saturday and between 10 - 15 on Sundays.
    Entrance fee was 2.45 Euro (March 2008).
    I had the combination ticket for 9.25 Euro.

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