Archaeological Ensemble of Tárraco

UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationProvince of Tarragona, Autonomous Community of Catalonia,
CoordinatesN41 6 53 E1 15 33.5
Inscription Date2000
Property (ha)33
Buffer Zone (ha)110
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
Unesco Reference Number875
DescriptionTárraco (modern-day Tarragona) was a major administrative and mercantile city in Roman Spain and the centre of the Imperial cult for all the Iberian provinces. It was endowed with many fine buildings, and parts of these have been revealed in a series of exceptional excavations. Although most of the remains are fragmentary, many preserved beneath more recent buildings, they present a vivid picture of the grandeur of this Roman provincial capital.
StatusWorld Heritage Site