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Monastery de Poblet - Montblanc - Tarragona

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Route: Barcelona - Monastery de Poblet - Montblanc - Tarragona - Barcelona
Duration: 10 h
Our first stop in this tour we will make in the shire of the Conca de Barberà hosts some of the jewels like the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Poblet, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and that’s still inhabited today by a community of Cistercian monks. This beautiful 12th-century abbey is one of the biggest abbey’s in the whole of Spain and one of the largest and most complete Cistercian abbeys in the world. Throughout the middle Ages it became one of the most powerful in the entire territory. In the 14th century it was said that the abbot of Poblet could travel throughout the territory of Catalonia always walking by their lands, which is a sample of how religious and earthly power were easily mixed in those times. For years it was the pantheon of the kings of the Crown of Aragon.  We will see the walled precinct the cloister, the dorm, the refectory, the abbey church and the royal tombs, mausoleum of the kings of hte Aragon Crown during the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. After the visit to the monastery, we will move to Montblanc, a walled town, which was converted in the 14th century into a Ducal villa and played an important role in the route linking the cities of Tarragona and Lleida. We will walk through its streets, knowing its walls, old churches, main square and the most famous legend that took place here: the fight of Sant Jordi against the dragon.  There is a plaque marking the site of his legendary victory and Montblanc have a festival every April filled with dragons, fire and celebrating the victory of St George. As you wander there are a number of Romanesque and Gothic monuments to see. Particular places to see in Montblanc are the Gothic church of Santa Maria with its ornate facade.  Also the Romanesque Sant Miquel and the Sant Marcel which contains the Museu Mares. The 13th century Els Jueus building was once Catalonia 's parliament building. The medieval area with its Gothic buildings including the 14th century Royal Palace, the 15th century Castla Palace, Alenya House and the 16th century Descleque house. The Jewish area along Carrer dels Jueus with a very medieval atmosphere. Santa Magdalena hospital with its lovely 15th century cloister. Convent de la Serrra with its excellent views. Our last stop will be at Tarragona which was the old Roman Capital. Firstly we will discover the impressive Roman Aqueduct (1st century BC) popularly known as 'El Pont del Diable' (The Devil's Bridge) or 'Les Ferreres' Aqueduct. It used to be part of the water supply network of the city and today stands in almost perfect condition. From the aqueduct we will drive to Tarragona quietly entering the old part of the city through a narrow gateway in the ancient walls. Nowadays, the new city overlaps the site of the ancient Acropolis and during your visit you will see firsthand the surprising coexistence of a Roman past and modern life. Starting at the Archaeological walkway, you will be able to admire the surviving stone walls, wander through the historic old quarter - passing the medieval hospital - before stopping at the Cathedral where you can enjoy the Sunday morning antique market.From there, you continue down through the old town to discover the Roman Forum and the nearby Roman Circus hidden amidst the urban design. Walk along the underground passageways that held the Circus' stands and come to one of the most popular squares within the old town, Placa de la Font, situated inside the Roman Circus. If you stand very still and close your eyes, you can almost hear the chariots racing by. On this very spot, thousands of years ago on, perhaps on the very same day of the week, the Roman capital of the Iberian Peninsula came alive in all of its bloody glory.And last, but certainly not least, enjoy the breathtaking seaview over the Roman amphitheater and imagine gladiators battling each other to the death! It's a poignant moment to stand on the same dusty ground that bore witness to countless scenes of sacrifice and passion. After that we will return to Barcelona.
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