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History of Tarragona Museum Roman Amphitheater

Substantial ruins of Roman amphitheatre from 2nd Century and now a museum open to the public as part of the Museum of History Tarragona (MHT).

Updated: Oct 10, 2021

by: Barcelona Travel Hacks

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About History of Tarragona Museum Roman Amphitheater

Dating from the second Century, the building was renovated in 221, during the reign of Heliogabalus. Years later, on January 21, 259, the Christian bishop Fructuos and his two deacons, Augurius and Eulogius, were burned alive in the arena of the Amphitheatre. This fact motivated in the sixth century the construction of a cult basilica dedicated to these martyrs. During the 12th century, the Romanesque church of Santa Maria del Miracle was built on the primitive early Christian basilica.

The building was located outside the Roman city centre close to the beach so that the animals that were to take part in the shows could be unloaded. Two types of activities were organised in the Amphitheatre: gladiator fights and beast fights or hunts. In addition, the Amphitheatre was also the place where those sentenced to death were executed.

The building has an elliptical floor plan. The arena, or space where the show took place, has dimensions of 62.5 metres by 38.5 metres. In a small chapel-like room, a mural depicting Nemesis, the protective goddess of gladiators, was discovered. Also, the sand is separated from the bleachers by a podium 3.25 meters high. The bleachers or cavea were divided into three sectors or maenianae. These bleachers were built by cutting the rock on the north side and supporting them on vaults in the rest of the building. The grandstand, the main exit doors to the arena and a very small part of the facade have also been located.

Today the ruins of the amphitheatre form part of the Museo de Historia de Tarragona (MHT) collection. Tarragona has some of the most substantial Roman Ruins in Catalunya. The amphitheatre is located in a modern park space with a cafe and viewpoints looking over the amphitheatre towards the sea.

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Visiting History of Tarragona Museum Roman Amphitheater

There is a ticket office cabin in the park. You can buy a single ticket or a combined ticket for all MHT attractions. Discounts are available for over 65's, children and students.

Roman Tarragona Amphitheatre opening hours

Summer: 1st April to 30 September.

Tuesday to Friday: 09:00h to 20:30h.

Saturday: 09:00h to 18:30h.

Sunday and Holiday's: 09:00h to 14:30h.

Closed: Monday's and 5th April.

Open mornings only: 1st May, 24th June, 19th August, 11th September and 23rd September.

Winter: 1st October to 31 March.

Tuesday to Friday: 09:00h to 19:00h.

Saturday: 09:00h to 18:30h.

Sunday and Holiday's: 09:00h to 14:30h.

Closed: Monday's, 24th December, 25th December, 26th December, 31st December, 1st January, 6th January, 1st November.

Open mornings only: 12th October, 6th December, 8th December.

Free Entry:International museum day in May, 19th August, 18th September, 23rd September, 8,8 and 10th October. The last Tuesday of January, February, march, May, October, November and December.

Access closes 30 minutes before final closing time.

Accessibility, mobility & Clothing for Roman Tarragona Amphitheatre

Access to the Roman Tarragona Amphitheatre is via steps from a park. To confirm accessibility call 977 242 220 or write to

There are no bicycle anchorage points near to the museum.

Large rucksacks and bags will not be permitted inside the museum, nor is there space in reception to leave them. I was allowed inside with my small 10L museum rucksack.

No need for headphones because there is no audio guide but there are information plaques explaining each exhibit.

Summary of Prices

Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Adult € 16.10 € 3.30 Students, Over 65 years, 1.70 Euros Child € 16.10 FREE For under 16 YearsGroup/Family Ticket? See Website.Notes Combined ticket for all MHT 11.05 Euros.

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Getting to History of Tarragona Museum Roman Amphitheater

Address: Parc de l'Amfiteatre S/N, Tarragona. 43003

From Barcelona there are frequent REGIONAL trains with a journey time of about 1 hour 10 minutes, departing from Barcelona-Estacio de franca, Barcelona-passeig de Gracia and Barcelona-Sants.

Public Transport Guide

Documents for History of Tarragona Museum Roman Amphitheater

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Tarragona Train Map

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Regional Rail Map



Tarragona City Map


Wikiloc Trail for History of Tarragona Museum Roman Amphitheater

TAR01 - Roman Tarragona

A city walk in Tarragona that covers the main Roman Museums that are part of the MHT (Museo Historico de Tarragona).

Distance: 8.27 Km

Difficulty: Moderate

Return Travel Fare: 21.00 EUR

Transport Network: Renfe Regional

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