As a built made in the image of Rome, Tarraco was endowed with three main venues in which to hold spectacles: the theatre, the circus and amphitheatre. The theatre was the first to be built and it was located between the local forum and the port, in one of the liveliest and most dynamic areas of the town.
Although it suffered considerable destruction and was hidden from view for many centuries, Tarraco’s Roman theatre is an essential element for understanding one of the town’s most dynamic areas, the port and its port quarter.
The Roman theatre of Tarraco was built at the beginning of the 1st century AD. At the end of the 19th century, much of its seating was still preserved. However, these remains were destroyed some years later due to the construction various industrial installations.
In the 1970s, the land was purchased by construction companies to build apartment blocks. A long citizens’ campaign called “Save the Roman Theatre” managed to bring the building project to a halt.
Since 2010, the theatre has been the subject of research, conservation and preparation for public visits. The eventual objective is to create an urban park to include the different archaeological remains in the area. One of the most outstanding actions has been the work of the architect Toni Gironès, who reconstructed part of the volumetry of the ancient theatre’s seating.
The project has been co-financed by FEDER program.