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The existence of this building can be traced back to the 11th century! Tamarit castle served as a defence but also as a residence, which explains why there are watchtowers and a Romanesque church.
Important historical figures have links to it, most notably the archbishop of Tarragona who resided there from 1681.
Restored in the 20th century by an American collector, today the castle remains a part of the municipality of Tarragona. Closed to the public, it usually opens for classical music concerts and private events.
Construction of the Tarragona Cathedral started in 1184 on a former basilica, which itself was founded on a 5th-century mosque. At the beginning of its construction, it was subject to proper Roman workmanship before finally opting for the Gothic style. The Tarragona Cathedral portal is admirable thanks to its detailing and rib shape, which sits in a fabulously commanding position atop a rosette. The Santa Tecia altarpiece, made by Father Johan in 1426, is one of the main reasons to visit the cathedral, just like the passage via the cloister and its gardens, as well as through the diocesan museum.
A doyenne institution in Catalonia, the National Archaeological Museum of Tarragona opened in 1848 and benefitted froma great many discoveries. During this time the city's extension was growing and its vestiges were being restored. Objects such as ceramics, sculptures, mosaics, or other currencies constitute a priceless testimony of the Roman occupation of the region, at a time when the city was known as Tárraco.
Although the construction date of this aqueduct may be unclear, many believe it was built during the time of Augustus. Regardless of the date, this architectural wonder was restored during the reign of Caliph Abd al-Rahmaan III in the eighteenth century. The name Devil's Bridge comes from a legend, which tells of how the devil built the bridge after winning a bet with a girl who gambled her soul. Originally measuring 25km, the aqueduct is now 'only' 217 meters long and 27 metres high.
Tarragona enjoys a significant historical heritage, in particular because it was the capital of Hispania Citerior during the Roman Empire. The ramparts from the 3rd century BC and the Roman amphitheatre are a special legacy. In general, the Archaeological Ensemble of Tarragona (Roman era) features in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The city also has its medieval remains, especially the Cathedral of Santa María.
Art Nouveau also plays a part in this heritage, like the chapel of the Colegio Jesús i María, a work in which Antonio Gaudí was involved.