Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Surprise party: Colonia Tarraco!

The theater of Tarraco, or modern Tarragona, is not worth a visit, while the remains are very limited. In 1884 the semicircular seating area was discovered in the garden of the old Capuchin monastery, with thirteen rows of seating almost intact. In 1919 the Institute of Catalan Studies identified the site as of great importance and recovered statues and many architectural elements. The site however, was abandoned afterwards: and pillaged! In 1977, a citizen's movement was able to bring a halt to its destruction. For the theater in my opinion, to late; for Tarrogona a shame. I have taken pictures of the last remains of which even Google does not give any (other) hits. You will get the amphitheater or Merida... These will be presented in next message, with other finds of the theater now at display at the city museum.
Nevertheless, Tarraco has a lot to offer, like the circus and the splendid amphitheater, shown below.

It is sensational to dine in restaurants like Pulvinar or Salgrossa, located within the extensive remains of the Roman Circus. It was built between the end of the 1st century and the beginning of the 2nd century AD, since a fragment of the building's large foundational inscription, dedicated by a Flamen Romae, Divorum et Augustorum, dates from that period. In the next message you willl find pictures of the theater, and this link to pictures of finds from the theater, the amphitheater and the Circus.

In 2012 Dolce & Gabbana released a new commercial for a fregrance. It is taken in the amphitheater of Tarraco. Watch this!  

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