The Many Faces of Spain.

City Tarragona (Spain) - an ancient Catalan cultural center located in the north-east of the country.Its ancient and medieval monuments, beautiful beaches of the Costa Dorada with crystal clear waters and the lively shopping areas beckon tourists from all over the world.City listed as a Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, has long since he played a huge role in trade and infrastructure of the Roman Empire, which includes Spain.Tarragona and its sights - is primarily a huge ancient ruins and medieval architecture, is a unique blend of Arabic, Romanesque and Gothic art.

In ancient times the city was the center of the Roman province of the same name.In the Middle Ages it was owned by King James the first, who went from here to conquer Majorca.In more recent times, proximity to the sea, which was formerly a blessing, a curse turned pirates plundered all coastal towns and villages.But in the twentieth century, everything changed.Tourism began to flourish, taken advantage of Spain.Tarragona also with its golden

beaches and antiquities became extremely fashionable among tourists.Among the archaeological sites that are visiting in the first place can be called a forum, a tower of Scipio with two gates and an amphitheater.All of these buildings have survived so well in his complex, which may be some sort of an example of how the Romans built and planned their capital cities.Arena amphitheater also marked a very interesting sign.In memory of those killed there are Christians staged a special stele, which speaks of the freedom of conscience and human rights.

Local residents like to say that Catalonia - this is not Spain.Tarragona can serve as an illustration of this saying.In contrast to the Spanish baroque churches with their love of embellishment suffering cathedral city - a strict art of the Romanesque era with a touch of Gothic stained glass.Worthy of admiration and a carved altar of St. Thecla, made in the fifteenth century.Tourist Information Center is located on the first floor of a medieval town hall, and the city council - on the site of a former monastery.Its courtyard is the mausoleum of King Jaime, who is proud of the whole of Spain.Tarragona is also open to visitors as the many museums of ancient and modern art.

But to visit the city and soak up at least on one of its beaches, occupying almost ten kilometers of coastline - just a crime against oneself.They can be wide, sandy and narrow pebble, spread out near the ancient ruins and hide among the rocks and cliffs covered with evergreen pines.Until one is easily accessible by bus, while others require a stroll through the picturesque woods.But after examining the antiquities and can be seen swimming and more modern streets - Rambla Nova, for example, or the Mediterranean Balcony - the area from which you can see the whole city and the ruins of an amphitheater.Like the rest of Spain, Tarragona, a map which you need to not miss the most famous monuments, also notes the days of national culture.This occurs in the fall.If you get here at this time, then consider yourself lucky.Foreigners (if they show a passport) allowed to examine all the architectural and archaeological sites for free.