Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the Amfiteatre de Tarragona dates back to the late 1st century or early 2nd century BC. During its hey days, the amphitheater was used for gladiator fights and animals hunts and was a main center for entertainment and important events. When the theatre was constructed, it could seat around 14,000 people!
However, all through the 3rd century, the place lost its importance after Christianity became the official religion of the city. In the 6th-century stones from here were even dissembled to construct a basilica in memory of the Christian bishop and his deacons who were burned at the arena on the orders of Emperor Valerian. For nearly 10 centuries post that, the Visigothic church was built here in the 12th century in Romanesque style of architecture that was demolished in the early 20th century.
The place even served as a prison in 1780! Restoration for the theatre began in the mid 20th century and since then it has become one of Tarragona’s historic treasures. The amphitheater ruins are still well preserved and you can climb the steps and see the dungeons from where warriors would enter the main arena. The inscription displayed at the podium that dates back to the reign of Elagabalus (3rd century AD), is an interesting find even for casual visitors and is something you simply cannot miss!
Amfiteatre De Tarragona Travel Tips
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Entrance Ticket Details For Amfiteatre De Tarragona
- Adults: 3 Euros
- Groups of over 25/ Pensioners/ retired individuals/ unemployed individuals/ student older than 16 years: 1.70 Euros
- Free entry for: people under the age of 16, organised school groups, teacher’s card, PortAventura ticketholders, ICOM Members, licensed journalist and officially accredited guides.
Pass to MHT venues (see availability):
- Pass to Roman MHT venues (the Walls -Archaeological Promenade, the Praetorium and Roman Circus, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Local or Colony Forum). Valid for one year: 7.40 Euros
- Pass to Roman MHT venues for groups of over 25, pensioners, older than 65, retired, the unemployed and Students older than 16. Valid for 30 days: 3.65 Euros
Amfiteatre De Tarragona Hours
- Note: The precise dates for seasonal hours vary. For more information, visit official website.
How to Reach Amfiteatre De Tarragona
- By Bus: at Balco
- By Train: Tarragona train station
- By Taxi
- By Walking
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12.93% of people who visit Tarragona include Amfiteatre De Tarragona in their plan
33.33% of people start their Amfiteatre De Tarragona visit around 09 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Amfiteatre De Tarragona
58.33% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Amfiteatre De Tarragona
People normally club together Catedral Basilica De Tarragona, Metropolitana Y Primada and Rambla Nova while planning their visit to Amfiteatre De Tarragona.