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Roman villa of Centcelles

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Mausoleum of Centcelles. 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.


✔ 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.

Afores, s/n
Contantí (Tarragona) 43006
Tel.: +34 977 523 374
November - February
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am - 1.30pm and 3pm - 5.30pm
Sundays and holidays: 10am - 2pm
March, April, May and October
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am - 1.30pm and 3pm - 6pm
Sundays and holidays: 10am - 2pm
June - September
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am - 1.30pm and 4pm - 8pm
Sundays and holidays: 10am - 2pm
Closed: Mondays, January 1, January 20, May 1, August 1, December 25 and 26.
General admission: 4€
Reduced admission (people aged 65 or over, pensioners, students, large or single-parent families): 2€
Free admission: under 16, unemployed people, people with a disability certificate.
Free admission days: first Sunday of each month, from October to June.
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