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Tarragona Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Built between the 12th and 14th century 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, where the Diocesan Museum houses a collection of artistic and religious treasures. The main attraction here is the 15th-century Gothic alabaster altarpiece of Sant Tecla by Pere Joan, a richly detailed depiction of the life of Tarragona's patron saint. Converted by Sant Paul and subsequently persecuted by local pagans, Sant Tecla was repeatedly saved from demise through divine intervention.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine Building/Architectural Site

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Pl. Pla de la Seu s/n
Tarragona, Catalonia  43003, Spain

977-226935

www.catedraldetarragona.com

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: €5 (cathedral and museum), Closed Sun. in winter

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