Explore the Cathedral: art and history

Welcome to the Metropolitan and Primatial Cathedral Basilica of Tarragona and its Diocesan Museum.

The Cathedral Chapter extends its warmest greetings and thanks you for your interest in discovering the artistic details of this Holy See dedicated to St. Thecla./p>

We also thank you for your contribution to the maintenance and restoration of this monument –our common heritage–, and invite you to delight in the aesthetic and artistic beauty of this building whose abundance of architectural styles and artistic treasures invoke the spiritual richness of this space of faith, worship and prayer.

The cathedral is located at the highest point of the city, on what was originally the site of a Roman army barracks around which the city of Tarraco gradually developed. gradually developed.

Building work began on the cathedral in 1171, when Hug de Cervelló, archbishop of Tarragona, bequeathed a sum of money in his will for its construction.

Discover the Cathedral of Tarragona

Plano Catedral de Tarragona

Built on the temple of Emperor Augustus

It was built on the site of the barracks and part of the sacred area of worship remaining from the time of the Roman Empire during the first century A.D., and thought by some archaeologists to feature a large square and a temple to the Emperor Augustus. From the year 475, this was the probable site of the original Visigoth cathedral, of which nothing now remains as it was demolished during the Muslim invasions of 711.

Metropolitan and Primate Cathedral

The cathedral was consecrated in 1331, when the Infante John of Aragon was Archbishop of Tarragona and Patriarch of Alexandria. Its grandiosity and solidity have earned it the reputation of the finest cathedral in Catalonia. The chapels between the buttresses on the side naves provide clues to the architectural and stylistic evolution of the cathedral as a whole.

Discover every corner of Tarragona Cathedral by browsing the different sections dedicated to each space, corresponding with the buttons you will find under these lines.

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