Tarragona Tourist Traps

  • Amazing 16th altar in the Catedral.
    Amazing 16th altar in the Catedral.
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  • Beautiful rose window of the Catedral.
    Beautiful rose window of the Catedral.
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  • A decorated column in the Catedral.
    A decorated column in the Catedral.
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    Catedral - Cruciform interior.

    by Jerelis Updated Aug 26, 2007

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    Amazing 16th altar in the Catedral.
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    Building work on the Catedral (Cathedral of Tarragona) began in the 12th century and was concluded in the 15th, although it's obvious from the façade that the work was never completed: the pinnacles proposed in the architects' original plans were abondoned as too expensive. In compensation, we have a very large rose window and fine 13th century statues of saints, bishops and martyrs. Before we entered the Catedral we first had a walk around it. We saw many interesting builfings from the Roman Empire times, the Middle Ages and more modern religious constructions - convents, monastery and several small churches. After that it was time to enter the Cetedral via the deep Gothic doorway with its rich sculptural decorations.

    When we went inside we were surprised by the fact that there was a museum present, we didn't knew that! This 'Museu Diocesà' has a collection of Catalán art and you can visit it for 2.40 Euros. To be honest, we were more interested in the cathedral itself. The interior is cruciform, with a lofty nave and two aisles; and the roof is light and elegant. The carvings throughout the cathedral are rich and in exquisite detail, especially those of the high altar. We also stood in awe in front of the amazing 16th century organ.

    Address:
    Plaça de la Sue, Tarragona.

    Directions:
    Right at the end of "Carrer Major" (Main Street), you can't miss it!

    Phone:
    977 238685

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Museum Visits
    • Religious Travel

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    Catedral - The cloister.

    by Jerelis Updated Aug 6, 2007

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    Overview of the Cloister.
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    We must say that the Catedral of Tarragona is definately a splendid example of the transition from Romanesque to Gothic architecture. The twenty piers are really massive, and at the time of our visit were swathed in superb old tapestries. Someone told us that some of the tapestries which decorate the walls once belonged to St. Paul's in London, and they were sold by Henry the Eigth with a lot of other church furniture.

    The cloister, howerver, are the choicest part of the Catedral, and amongst the most interesting we have ever seen. The door by which we entered it is diveded in the centre by a pillar resting on a huge base with a number of carvings. The detailed architectural and carved work of these cloisters is exquisite and curious. For example, we saw two scenes carefully carved. A very nice place to stroll and have a peaceful rest in the day. Finally we returned to the Catedral and noticed that the masse had arrived, just in time :), because we were finished. We concluded that the Catedral has its fine chapels, glorious windows and tombs of heroes, but the building itself is more interesting than the things which it contains.

    Address:
    Plaça de la Sue, Tarragona.

    Directions:
    Right at the end of "Carrer Major" (Main Street), you can't miss it!

    Phone:
    977 238685

    Related to:
    • Religious Travel
    • Museum Visits
    • Family Travel

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    Catedral - It stately crowns the city.

    by Jerelis Updated Aug 6, 2007

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    Jeroen and Sam arriving at the Catedral.
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    Whenever you're in Tarragona it's fair to say that the Catedral (Cathedral of Tarragona) is a must see. We geuss that a lot of people think about this the same way, which makes it a busy place, a true tourist trap. We were advised to go there early (at least before 11 o'clock in the morning) to avoid the masses of people, and so we did. We were at the Old Town of Tarragona, working our way towards the Catedral. This old part of Tarragona is finely situated on the steep slope of a hill, 250 metres high. The stately Catedral crowns the city, which is encircled by grand and lofty walls.

    We walked via the " Plaça Santiago Rusinál" and admired the arches in Merceria Street. We realized that we walked over the ruins of the old Roman city and learned that many of the streets, avenues and squares in this district respect the old Roman design of the city. We arrived at the Correr Major (Main Street) which was built over the old Roman Decumanus. We took the 18 stairs and approached the Catedral from the west via "Plaça de la Seu". So, there we were at the Catedral of Tarragona, built over an ancient Roman temple. Some of the ruins of this Roman temple was used to built this Catholic Cathedral. Let's get closer ...

    Address:
    Plaça de la Sue, Tarragona.

    Directions:
    Right at the end of "Carrer Major" (Main Street), you can't miss it!

    Phone:
    977 238685

    Related to:
    • Religious Travel
    • Museum Visits
    • Family Travel

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    Costa Daurada: the main...

    by DanielF Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Costa Daurada: the main resorts are Salou and Cambrils. The theme park Port Aventura is near them, but I've never been there.

    Further south there are less crowded areas with some wonderful beaches (L'Hospitalet de l'Infant, L'Ametlla de Mar).

    Would you swim in a beach near a nuclear power station? Well, there are some good beaches near Vandellós power station and I liked them.

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