9 curiosities about the culture and heritage of Tarragona
3 February, 2023
Tarragona it is heritage, culture, gastronomy and much more. A city that you cannot miss when planning your next trip. The Amphitheater, the Roman Circus or the Pont del Diable are some of the must-see monuments in the city, combined with a walk through the fishing quarter and the historic center.
But do you want to know more about Tarragona? Would you like your experience to be even better?
Delve into this article and discover curiosities of Tarragona that you may not have known.
Nearly 14.000 spectators at the Tarragona Amphitheater
The Roman Amphitheater of Tarragona It is one of the jewels of the city. Did you know that it had a capacity for about 14.000 spectators? A figure similar to that of new stadium, the soccer field Nastic of Tarragona.
The fight between gladiators it was melee and they were watched by a referee. Curiously, the loser had to request forgiveness. If he was granted, he was still alive, but otherwise he was executed. Although in the cinema they have shown it to us in other ways, on many occasions they were pardoned.
Near the sea, this monumental space was built to facilitate the landing of the wild beasts on Miracle beach who arrived in Tarraco by boat. Later they went up to the arena with a forklift.
A 325 meter long circus
El Tarragona circus It could accommodate up to 30.000 spectators and was about 325 meters long.
It had a large long track with spectators on both sides. As is known, generally Tarraco bigas competed, carriages with two horses, although sometimes also four. The races could last up to a whole day.
Do you know that some of the charioteers who drove the chariots became very famous and recognized and had groups of followers? He charioteer Eutyches He was one of those popular heroes, who died at the age of 22 due to fever, and his tombstone is preserved in the Diocesan Museum of Tarragona.
As if it were a Formula 1 circuit, inside the enclosure there were taverns and even betting places.
El Serrallo, the seaside neighborhood par excellence
Elseraglio It is one of the most picturesque and charismatic places in Tarragona. He seaside neighborhood par excellence It allows you to visualize walls painted with illustrations that show the characteristics of this much-loved space.
In the Seraglio is the Royal Yacht Club of Tarragona. We are talking about the oldest in the Spanish State, founded in 1878.
We must not forget another of the emblems of the Seraglio and Tarragona: the port clock. Located on Paseo de la Escullera, it is one of the symbols of the city. As a curiosity, it stands out that it has the shape of a temple, since this way the fishermen, fishermen and other workers could appreciate the time more easily. In its beginning it served to show the schedule of the working day.
The Rock Amparito in the Carillon of the Central Market
Do you know the Rock Amparito? We could say that it is the anthem par excellence of the Festivities of Santa Tecla. Imagine an even better situation, mixing the festive procession and the song in the carillon of the Central Market of Tarragona. The figures of the festive elements come out every day at 12 and 18 hours to the rhythm of the emblematic piece.
An unfinished Cathedral?
La Tarragona Cathedral bears a similarity to the Holy Family of Barcelona: both are incomplete. The bubonic plague it reached the city, killing part of the population, so the Cathedral was left without manpower and funding.
Before the Cathedral, a temple was built in memory of the Roman emperor César Augusto. Subsequently, its current construction began in the middle of the 1331th century and it was consecrated in XNUMX. The Cathedral of Tarragona is one of the symbols of the city.
Its bell tower is 70 meters high and has 19 bells. The biggest is called capona. She plays every hour and announces the prayer, with a sound that is heard from all over the city. Also, the bells ring on the hour and again at 2 minutes.