Roman villa of Centcelles

Discover The villa-mausoleum of Centcelles, located in the municipality of Constantí.
Centcelles mausoleum. Photography: Joanbanjo
The Centcelles mausoleum, one of the most important Roman monuments in Spain, is located 2 km southwest of the town of Constantí and 6 km north from Tarragona. The monument with had civil, religious and funeral functions is today an eloquent example of the flourishing civilization developed in Hispania during the first centuries of the Christian era.
It is a rustic Roman villa built in the Imperial Period (1st - 2nd century AD), renovated in the 3rd century and converted in the 4th century in a funerary monument to house the tomb of an important personality, possibly the Emperor Constans. After its abandonment at the end of late antiquity, the building first becomes a church, then a hermitage and, later, a country house. After a careful restoration, the monument has been included in the Roman archaeological ensemble of Tarraco, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.
The building that can be seen today is of rectangular shape and measures 90 meters long. The complex is composed of two large rooms, one square and the second circular, flanked by roman baths. The mausoleum occupies the second room, 10.7 meters in diameter and 13.6m height.
Highlights
The dome of the central hall, decorated with a exceptional polychrome mosaic, depicting scenes of hunting and biblical scenes. The mosaic is considered as the oldest Christian-themed in the world.
Contact
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Contact
Address: - Constantí (Tarragona) 43006
Tel.: +34 977 523 374
E-mail: mnat@gencat.cat
Website: www.mnat.cat
Timetable
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Timetable
November - February
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am to 1.30pm and 3pm to 5.30pm
Sundays and public holidays: 10am to 2pm
March, April, May and October
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am to 1.30pm and 3pm to 6pm
Sundays and public holidays: 10am to 2pm
June to September
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am to 1.30pm and 4pm to 8pm
Sundays and public holidays: 10am to 2pm
Closed: Mondays, January 1, May 1, December 25 and 26.
Prices
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Prices
General admission: 2.50 €
Reduced admission (over 65, under 25, retirees, families, people with disabilities): 1.50 €
Special reduced admission (Groups of students with teacher with prior reservation made between July 1 and August 31, single parent or large families): 1 €
Children under 8 years of age, unemployed persons, professional tour guides, groups of students with teacher with reservation: Free admission
The last Tuesday of each month, from October to June: Free admission
How to get
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How to get
By train. Tarragona railway station, 11 km away.
By high speed train. AVE. Camp de Tarragona Station, 12 km away.
By plane. Reus Airport, 10km away.
By bus. The bus company Autocars Plana has regular bus lines connecting daily Constantí and Tarragona.
By car. Highways AP-7 (E-15), exit 33, and A-27 (Tarragona - Montblanc), exit 6.
Location
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Location
GPS: 41°09'21.1"N 1°13'34.1"E / 41.155871, 1.226145
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