Phase III of the research project developed in the heritage area of the Cathedral of Tarragona (see Fase I and Fase II). The archaeological works of this phase are coordinated with the Strategic Plan of the Diocesan Museum of Tarragona and include the incorporation of new museum spaces in the heritage complex of the Cathedral.
The medieval metropolitan see is the prolongation of the ancient religious practices developed in the sacred precinct of worship to the emperor Augustus, a fundamental part of the urban complex of the Concilium Prouinciae Hispaniae Citerioris, which construction was completed during the Flavian dynasty. Later, the Christianization of the Roman Empire and the socioeconomic crisis characteristic of Late Antiquity caused the transformation of this great work integrated by a sacred square of two hectares and two temples. The result of this process makes the Tarragona Cathedral complex into one of the best European examples of the processes of Christianization of classical cities. In this case, in relation to the construction of the Visigoth bishopric and, in the 12th century, the metropolitan seat of the Catalan counties.
This project searches for vestiges of these times and builds a diachronic narrative that is fundamental for the understanding of one of the best examples of a historical city.
Project Funded by Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya (CLT009/22/00102), Council of Tarragona, Repsol dn the Museu Bíblic Tarraconense.