Tarragona – Steeped in history

Where the Francoli River spills into the Mediterranean, Tarragona sits on a high hill. It’s been a favored location for city building since prehistory, but the first time it’s mentioned is when the Roman generals Publius Scipio and Gnaeus conquered it in 218 BC. It became the first, and for a long time most important, Roman stronghold on the Iberian Peninsula. At one point, Julius Caesar renamed it Colonia Julia Victrix Triumphalis in celebration of his victories; fortunately, the name was changed to Tarragona again after the Romans left.

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