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Vine in front of the Cistercian monastery Santa Maria de Poblet, Tarragona, Spain

Tarragona, Spain

Tarragona was founded sometime around the 5th century BCE, probably by Phoenicians. It was an important and rich city during the Roman Republic, and its many relics of that era are inscribed as a UNESCO Word Heritage Site. Notable are the Las Ferreres Aqueduct, the amphitheater, a striking monument known as the Tower of the Scipios, a citadel, Roman circus and Pretorium tower. In addition, the city has a paleo-Christian Necropolis, the remains of a palace where Augustus lived, the Arch of Sura and the Aurelian Way. More treasures are displayed in the city’s archaeological and history museums, and in the 12th century Cathedral. There is another site with preserved Roman era mosaics. There were obviously many more ancient structures which have been looted for building materials throughout history; stones in various building and houses around the city bear bits of Latin and even Phoenician writing. Tarragona is also justly famous for its cuisine, which takes full advantage of seafood from its Costa Daurada waters, and for a number of the Catalonian region’s finest beaches.