The Palaeo-Christian necropolis in Tarragona was discovered in 1923 and forms part of the historical development of the largest of Tarragona’s outlying districts, near the final stretch of the river Tulcis (Francolí).
The remains open to the public include a residential sector (a suburban domus and a productive area) and part of the extensive graveyard of this necropolis. This is supplemented by an interpretation centre which focuses on Roman attitudes to death and the question of burials in Tarraco, exhibiting the most significant findings from the excavations.
Research dates the necropolis back to between the 3rd and 5th centuries AD and associates it with the worship of the early martyrs Fructuosus, Augurius and Eulogius, who were burned in the amphitheatre arena in 259. A basilica was built in their honour at the necropolis in the 5th century.
Knowledge and conservation of the necropolis is thanks basically to the work and tenacity of Mn. Serra i Vilaró.