Tarragona

I arrived back in Los Angeles yesterday evening after nearly 24 hours of travel time. Everything went smoothly, it just took forever. And now I am severely jet-lagged, hence the early morning blogging. I still have some work to do to finish up the semester, but I am also going to try to finish up the rest of the posts about the trip.

After our finishing our design projects and final presentations, we had a few days off before departing on our last field studies trip to southern Spain. On one of our free days, Yoav, Van and I decided to take the train down the coast about an hour to Tarragona, a smaller coastal town most famous for its ancient-Roman influences and picturesque beaches. There are ruins scattered throughout the city, as well as an aqueduct a short bus ride away. The aqueduct was the main attraction for us, however our limited time didn’t allow us to go see it. But we were able to see a bunch of other things around the city that made the trip worthwhile in the end.

We sort of stumbled upon an old Roman amphitheater nestled into the hillside that had a spectacular view out over the Mediterranean as its backdrop:

It was built in the 2nd century A.D., and uses the exposed sheer rock face on the uphill side of the theater as part of the seating for 15,000 spectators.

We were able to go down inside the theater and walk around some of the ruins. Unfortunately, the below-grade passages and tunnels were gated off so we couldn’t explore the whole thing.

After the amphitheater we walked up to the old Roman Circus. Only a very small part of it remains intact today, as most of it has been built over by more modern housing buildings.

A model of the old Roman city:

The view from the top of one of the corner towers of the Circus:

We visited a few more ruin sites around the city, which weren’t quite as impressive as the first two, before heading home on the train as the sun set.

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