Paleochristian Museum and Necropolis

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Bishop Fructuosus and his deacons were buried by the Christian community of Tarraco in this cemetery area. The spot took on sacred significance for the local Church and the faithful showed great interest in being buried near the remains of the martyrs. At the end of the 4th or beginning of the 5th century, a large basilica was built with a baptistery to venerate the relics of the martyrs.
The Paleochristian Museum and Necropolis allows visitors to understand Roman funerary practices, learn about the different types of graves employed in antiquity and explore this place used for the adulation of the martyrs and as a centre of pilgrimage until the beginning of the Visigoth era. The Museum houses the richest collection of paleochristian archaeology and art on the Iberian Peninsula. Its collection is made up of sarcophagi, mosaic works in honour of the deceased, funerary trousseaux and an extraordinary collection of Christian epigraphs.

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Av. Ramón y Cajal, 84
977 211 175 / 977 251 515
Coordinates: 
41.115847531300, 1.238685965800
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