Mediterranean essence

© Joan Capdevila Vallve
© Joan Capdevila Vallve
© Rafael López-Monné
© Rafael López-Monné

The golden light of Tarraco

He was convinced that it was the light in the city that let him bear the pain. Gai Bebi Myrisme was born a slave but gained his freedom and, as a Freedman, accumulated a great fortune and was even named sevir Augustalis. When life was at its best, an illness took his loved one away from him. An inscription, now incrusted into a wall in the Old Town, is a reminder of his love: “Fabia Saturnina, the best of wives”.

Tarraco was a little Rome, a port city, open to the Mediterranean, where a multitude of languages were spoken and it had especially pleasant weather; meaning, a good place to live and prosper. This is still the spirit of the city today. Walking along the streets and plazas of the mediaeval city or contemplating the horizons over Mare Nostrum, you can relive that pleasant, benevolent city that was once enjoyed by an emperor: Augustus.

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