One Day Excursion - Tàrraco

4 September

Roman city of Tarraco (Tarragonès region)

The archaeological site of Tarraco was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 2000. It contains important remains and shows the urban development of the city. Thanks to the uninterrupted mixture of old and new, Tarragona itself is something of an open-air museum, with a high density of remains and monuments incorporated into the modern urban fabric. Tarraco was founded as a military camp by Gnaeus Cornelius Scipio at the end of the 3rd century BCE. Then, it went on to prosper as a city until it became capital of the province of Hispania Citerior or Tarraconensis. The most important remains are the walls, a fine example of military engineering dating from the founding of the city; the provincial forum and the colonial forum; the theatre; the circus; the amphitheatre, with a basilica in its arena later converted into a Romanesque church (12th century) in memory of the martyrdom of Fructuosus, Augurius and Elogius; and also burial areas such as the Paleo-Christian necropolis in Francolí, one of the most extensive in the Western Roman Empire, with more than 2,000 tombs.
At the end of the visit to the sites of Roman city of Tarraco, we will meet to hold a session on the conservation of cultural heritage and urban management. As from the case of Tarragona other cases will be presented and a discussion will proceed.


07:30  Departure from Barcelona (Plaça Universitat) by bus
09:00   Arrival to Tarragona, guided visit of Roman city of Tarraco
13:15  Lunch
15:00  Debate session
17:00  Departure from Tarragona
19:00  Arrival to Barcelona (Plaça Universitat)

Fee: 85€

Fee includes lunch in the restaurant Les Voltes housed under three roman vaults belonging to the Roman Circus of Tarragona with an antiquity of 2000 years old. This is one of the oldest sites of Europe declared a heritage for humanity.

Amfitheatre Tarragona. ©Sbjf. Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 3.0

Roman Walls Tarragona. ©Tomás. Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 3.0

Tarragona Forum. ©Enfo Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 3.0