Catedral Basilica Metropolitana Primada de Tarragona

Catedral Basilica Metropolitana Primada de Tarragona

Catedral Basilica Metropolitana Primada de Tarragona

Catedral Basilica Metropolitana Primada de Tarragona
4.5
10:00 - 14:00, 15:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 14:00
15:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 14:00
15:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 14:00
15:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 14:00
15:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 14:00
15:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 14:00
15:00 - 18:00
About
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.
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ludor
Iasi, Romania2,501 contributions
Impressive landmark of Tarragona
Nov 2021
The cathedral is impressive from the very first look as is seating on the highest point of the hill at the end of some spectacular staircases, in the heart of the old town. However, the interior is even more imposing and there are plenty of interesting things to see. It definitely worth the entrance fee and your time.
Written 13 November 2021
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Subpar service
Aug 2021 • Friends
The clerks don’t speak the local language but yet they speak English: That’s language discrimination and ilegal in Catalonia. The audio guide link on all of the QR codes showed a 404 error and we never enjoyed that service.the cathedral is beautiful tho
Written 12 August 2021
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,271 contributions
Facade doesn`t allow you to estimate the size of the Cathedral.
Jan 2020
The Cathedral of Tarragona faces the visitors with its facade. You can't get around it and photograph it from different angles like Sagrada Familia or Notre-Dame de Paris. Adjacent houses and walls prevent you from seeing the result of a century and a half of construction. The best way to see the entire Cathedral is to go to Torrellas de Llobregat in the Park Catalunya in miniature. The fact that the Cathedral is located in urban development suggests that it was not built on an empty place. Harshly denouncing paganism, the Christians nevertheless quietly parasitized on his achievements. Originally there was a Roman temple dedicated to Octavian Augustus. Converted to Christianity, the Visigoths built the first Church here in the IV century AD. the Arabs also didn`t invent anything and placed a mosque here. By the way, the Moorish set ceilings were preserved in the Cathedral. It is not known exactly when the Cathedral appeared in its current form. The first mention dates back to the XII century. The facade of the Cathedral is Romano-Gothic. The most interesting thing on the facade, in addition to the traditional Gothic rose, is the figures of the apostles (XIV century). By the way, the rose appeared later, because the Cathedral was originally built as a fortress, so the Windows resembled loopholes and were located high. There was little hope for the power of the word of Christ; the thick walls and powerful buttresses were much more significant. I`ve seen similar fortress churches in Montpellier and Toulouse, which once again speaks of the cultural and historical community of Catalonia and French Languedoc. The Cathedral was completed in 1350. However, this doesn`t mean that the interior is Gothic. Renaissance and Baroque chapels were added to the Cathedral in the XIV-XVIII centuries. The main masterpiece inside is a 15th-century altar by Pere Johan, whose bas-reliefs depict the life of Saint Thecla, patroness of Tarragona. In addition to the altar of 5 € (ticket price) , you can see the sarcophagus of Juan of Aragon, wooden pews of the choir of the XIV century, Baroque chapels with intricate stucco, a small Museum and a cloister. However, I passed until 10 am for free, but the Museum and cloister didn`t get there. The Cathedral was definitely worth a visit. The modest size of the facade is disorienting for tourists. The Cathedral is similar to the houses in Amsterdam (there because of taxes): the narrow facade doesn`t suggest how long the house is in reality. So it is here.
Written 13 December 2020
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HippoSlippers
Barcelona, Spain90 contributions
Worth seeing
Sep 2020 • Couples
This is a nice cathedral. The organ is insanely large and the monestary section is beautiful. It's not going to top visits to the more well-known cathedrals in Europe, but it's worth visiting if you are in Tarragona for sure.
Written 27 September 2020
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Keren V
Majorca, Spain74 contributions
Amazing building
Jul 2020
This has got to be one of the most impressive cathedrals in Spain. It's absolutely vast, with many nooks and crannies, each more beautiful than the last.
Written 27 July 2020
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stephanieevans4
Catral, Spain92 contributions
A wonderful Basilica Cathedral in the old quarters of Tarragona
Jul 2020
Now that open again, it is worth stepping in and looking at the splendour of this Cathedral. It is a place for quiet contemplation taking a breath, from the city life outside.
Written 26 July 2020
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tallnotsmallpaul
Liverpool, UK113 contributions
A great cathedral and we'll worth the entrance fee
Mar 2020 • Friends
I've been to many cathedrals during my travels
I must say the this cathedral is one of the best. Easy to spend an hour or so wandering around the main building and out into the cloisters
Written 12 March 2020
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,376 contributions
Excellent Self Guided Tour
Jan 2020 • Solo
From the outside, the Catedral Basilica looks grand and stately. Once inside, the sheer cavernous size is overwhelming. For 5 euros entrance fee I received a map with an easy to follow route which took me to over 40 sights of interest. Particularly noteworthy are the organ, the cloisters, treasury, main altarpiece, choir stalls and the former canons’ refrectory which today houses an important collection of artifacts found during excavations in/around the cathedral. I spent close to two hours visiting.
Written 23 January 2020
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Jenny M
Gothenburg, Sweden80 contributions
Beautiful courtyard and HP vibes
Oct 2019 • Friends
We went for the Cathedral itself because the building is cool and it's great to see historic buildings. It wasn't a lot of people so we could walk around slowly and take in all the sights. The courtyard was absolutely the best part for me, it was lovely and had koi fish in ponds. The hallways surrounding the courtyard gave us major Harry Potter vibes, like we were at Hogwarts in those hallways! If you'd get a guided tour you would obviously get more of the history, but for us it was fine without as well, you could read a bit in the brochure and Google is your friend.
Written 17 December 2019
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PopcornMonkeyReviews
West Yorkshire, UK3,648 contributions
Nice Market
Nov 2019
It was nice to visit here on a Sunday and see the beautiful old architecture and stone walls, there was also a nice flea market outside the cathedral which was special, we would recommend.
Written 25 November 2019
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