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Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona

Palaeo-Christian Necropolis and Museum

View of the Palaeo-Christian necropolis of Tarragona, preserved in situ.

View of the Palaeo-Christian necropolis of Tarragona, preserved in situ.

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.

SPACES

<p>&nbsp;&laquo;The world of death&raquo;<strong>&nbsp;</strong>interpretation centre</p>
The world of death
The world of death
<p>View of a sector of the archaeological site, with the productive area, the roadway and the funeral complex.</p>
The Palaeo-Christian necropolis
The Palaeo-Christian necropolis

OBJECTS

<p>Mosaic featuring &Ograve;ptim, 4th-5th centuries AD, limestone, marble and pasta vitream,&nbsp;<em>opus tessellatum,&nbsp;</em>162 &times; 83&nbsp;cm</p>
Òptim’s tombstone
Òptim’s tombstone
<p>Articulated ivory doll, found in the Palaeo-Christian necropolis, 3rd-4th centuries, ivory, 23 &times; 6,5 &times; 1.5&nbsp;cm.</p>
Articulated ivory doll
Articulated ivory doll
<p>The Sarcophagus of the Teacher, found at the Palaeo-Christian necropolis, 3rd century AD, white El Procon&egrave;s marble, 71 &times; 216 &times; 67&nbsp;cm.</p>
Sarcophagus of the Teacher
Sarcophagus of the Teacher

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