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Tarragona is a city in the province of Tarragona in the Spanish autonomous region of Catalunya. The city is located on the Costa Dorada. In the 2nd century during the Roman period Tarragona was the capital of Hispania Tarraconensis. Today it is an important port.

The city has a large number of historical monuments; the ruins of the ancient Tarraco from Roman times are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The ruins consist of fourteen separate buildings which are considered as an archaeological collection. Latin inscriptions yo can find everywhere in the old city center. The amphitheatre is one of the most popular monuments. The theater is still in good condition and from the highest row you have a beautiful view over the Mediterranean Sea. Another important monument is the Roman Circus. This was the former horse racing arena, it seated 20,000 spectators. Just outside the town is the Devil's Bridge, the aqueduct. The bridge is in perfect condition and is 217 meters long with a height of 30 meters. The aqueduct was used to transport water from the river Gaia to an area called Alto Campo near Tarragona.

The National Archaeological Museum of Tarragona is the oldest of its kind in Catalunya. Archaeological artifacts can be found here. The famous Medusa mosaic is also in this museum.

The Santa Maria Cathedral was built the 12th century on the site where once stood a Roman temple. Through the centuries there have been expansions giving the building a mix of architectural styles. The main building and the doors are Romanesque but it has a Gothic vaulted roof.

For nature lovers there is the El Ebre National Park near Tarragona. This park consists of 320 square kilometers of Mediterranean wetlands, the second largest in Europe. There are fresh and saltwater lakes, rice paddies, salt mines and forests. The area is an ideal ecosystem for many flowers and plants, there are more than 300 species of birds and you will also find beautiful natural beaches.

The Arabassada beach is one of the city’s most popular beaches. It is situated close to the center and loved by many people for a long walk.

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