Thursday, July 30, 2009

Amphitheater of Tarraco

The amphitheater of Tarraco is still a splendid building. Unfortunately, the Christians built a church in the middle and ruined it, like they did with so many 'pagan' buildings. It was built outside the walls near the sea between the 3rd quarter of the 1st century and the beginning of the 2nd century AD. It was probably built by an important figure in the province - a flamen Romae Divorum et Augustorum (a priest of the imperial cult), a position reserved for the provincial elite and closely linked to the large complex of buildings in the Upper Part of the city.

A beautiful lamp with a gladiator is exposed in the Tarraco museum.

In 2012 Dolce & Gabanna released a new commercial for its fragrance, with the amphitheater as place to be! Watch this.

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