On 30 November 2000, the UNESCO committee, meeting in the Australian city of Cairns, decided to officially declare the Roman archaeological complex of Tarraco a World Heritage Site.
This recognition is intended to help ensure the conservation of the monuments, as well as to introduce them to the broader international public. Among the citizens of Tarragona, it has moreover fomented knowledge of, pride in and respect for the city.
The Roman archaeological complex of Tarraco has likewise been declared one of the 7 Wonders of Catalonia. In 2015 it is declared of Exceptional Universal Value.