Monday, March 27, 2017

SPAIN ~ Tarragona - UNESCO ~

... View of the wonderful Roman Amphitheatre...the most impressive of Tarragona's ancient remains... built on a hillside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea...the venue would have once held 15.000 people and played host to gladiatorial battles and other pastimes of the ancient Romans... with as etra bonus a matching stamp... Thanks a lot Joseph and Assumpta (✿◠‿◠)➞ Cartes i postals d'arreu !!
Photo: Raymond, s.a.

Tarragona is port located on the Mediterranean coast,  southwest of Barcelona, in the region of Catalonia. The city is the smallest of the four province capitals of the region, yet it has the historical and cultural appeal of a larger city.

Built in the 2nd century AD, this excellent example of Roman architecture once held gladiator combats (munera) and wild animal hunts (venationes)  during the reign of Emperor Augustus.The oval shaped amphitheatre was carved out of underlying bedrock in the area.

In Roman times, the city of Tarragona was named Tarraco. The Roman ruins of Tarraco have been designated a WHS by UNESCO in 2000.

Rural Architecture
(Issued 10-10-2016

UNESCO World Heritage
(Issued 30-11-2001)

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