The Parc de l’amfiteatre in Tarragona, Spain is awesome!
Built in the 2nd century AD. It was the Roman City of Taracco, now known as Tarragona in Catalonia. Located in the North East region of Spain on the shores of the Mediteranean Sea. Tarragona Amphitheatre is the sight of the Martyrdom of San Fructuoso. It has been declared a part of our world heritage by the UNESCO.
In its prime it held up to 15,000 spectators & it was the place of battles between gladiators & wild animals. The amphitheatre was also the site chosen to execute those condemned to death.
The sun was shining & I could see the glint from the gladiators sword & shield swooping by the side of my head, trying his best to chop it off in one failed swoop after another. My life was passing by my eyes with every glint that wildly flashed past my head by Maximus Decimus Meridius. Commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, Loyal Servant of the true Emperor, Marcus Arelius. Father to a murdered son, Husband to a murdered wife. A man who swore that he’d have his vengeance, in this life or the next!
Then suddenly, Maximus strikes a stroke that nearly took my head clean off. The pain I felt was unbearable. Was this it? Was this the end of my life? Would I go down in history like some mad medusa myth? Or, would I rise again in the next life, this time without a head? I’ll never know because….
That’s when I snapped out of it & realised I was having flashbacks from one of my many past lifes & the excrutiating pain wasn’t from the gladiators swooping sword, it was damn sun-stroke that was making my head pound like it had just been hit by a madman on a vicious vigilanty vengeance trip.
Seriously though, the Parc de l’amfiteatre was an amazing place to visit. I’m glad that I decided to check it out before I travelled further afar. I’d seriously recommend this site to anyone & everyone. You can see & feel the greatness of the place when you’re sitting where Romans had once sat before in a blood-fueled lust for death as entertainment.
I had just as cool of a time as they did at the Park de l’amfiteatre & no doubt, some time in the future I’ll revisit this awesome World Heritage Site/Sight? to admire its greatness.
(This next info is copied from the awesome website Wikipedia!)
In 259, during the persecution of Christians by Emperor Valerian, the city’s bishop, Fructuosus, and his deacons, Augurius and Eulogius, were burned alive. After Christianity became the official religion of the empire, the amphitheatre lost its original functions. The following years some of the building’s stones were used to build a basilica to commemorate the three martyrs. Tombs were excavated in the arena and funerary mausoleums were annexed to the church.
Will my humble little blog get criticised for that? Or did I just act like a cunning fox & associate Wikipedia’s awesome links with my 😎 blog?
Oh, well, who cares!
Hold tight for more unique sights throughout Europe because this man been busy travelling like a WarriorTraveller!👺
It’s about time huh?
Two posts – Spain.
Two posts – Malta.
Five posts – Italy.
Take care folks,
Stay 😎 travellers!😜