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Catedral Review

Built between the 12th and 14th centuries on the site of a Roman temple and a mosque, this cathedral shows the transition from Romanesque to Gothic style. The initial rounded placidity of the Romanesque apse gave way to the spiky restlessness of the Gothic; the result is somewhat confusing. If no mass is in progress, enter the cathedral through the cloister, which houses the cathedral's collection of artistic and religious treasures. The main attraction here is the 15th-century Gothic alabaster altarpiece of St. Tecla by Pere Joan, a richly detailed depiction of the life of Tarragona's patron saint. Converted by St. Paul and subsequently persecuted by local pagans, St. Tecla was repeatedly saved from demise through divine intervention.

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  • Address: Pl. de la Seu s/n, Tarragona, Catalonia 43003 | Map It
  • Phone: 977/226935; 977/238685
  • Cost: €5
  • Hours: Weekdays 10–8, Sat. 10–7 (Apr.–Oct. until 7:30); Sun. open for services only
  • Location: Tarragona
Updated: 03-12-2014

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