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Salou / Information / Tortosa, city of three cultures

Tortosa Cathedral and the permanent exhibition

C. Portal del Palau, 5
43500 Tortosa
Telephone: 977 446 110
Tortosa Cathedral and the permanent exhibition


Winter hours (September 16 to April 30):
  • Closed Mondays, except holidays or eve of holiday
  • Tuesday to Friday from 10 to 13h and 16 to 18h - Saturday from 10am to 13.30pm and from 16 to 18h
  • Sunday, from 12:30 to 14h
Summer (May 1 to September 15):
  • Closed Mondays, except holidays or eve of holiday
  • Tuesday to Friday from 10 to 13 and from 16.30 to 19h
  • Saturday, 10 to 13.30 and from 16.30 to 19h
  • Sunday, from 12:30 to 14h


The cathedral is the building which perhaps best reflects the passage of time and the traces it left in the city. The heritage that holds your visit becomes inexcusableWelcomes Santa Maria de Tortosa Permanent Exhibition. This exhibition, by the endowment of Seo Dertosense allows us to deepen knowledge and understanding of the city's historic role and its Territory Tortosa.


The Cathedral of Santa Maria de Tortosa sits on the space in which stood the Roman Forum, and later, as a place of worship, the Visigothic seo, and later the mosque. Between 1158 and 1178 he built the Romanesque seo missing, it was located within the grounds of the present temple. The works of the Gothic cathedral was started in 1347, and continue through mid-eighteenth century and the community agencies Canonical, founded in the twelfth century. Despite the long period of construction, it is remarkable stylistic unity presented by Seo.

The head, one of the most unique elements of the building, is characterized by the absence of walls between the chapels, which thus constitute a double ambulatory around the altar. The plan of the cathedral has three naves without cruise, with side chapels between the buttresses and covered with vaults. From all the chapels of the basilica, stands above all dedicated to the Mother of God of the Cinta, patron of the city.

Built between 1672 and 1725, it is an example of Baroque mature symbiosis of architecture, sculpture and painting, that uses resources typical of this style theatrics. The construction of the baroque facade represented the completion of the building of the cathedral. The original project, which was Baroque schemes, still unfinished and was simplified with a more classical, reducing decorative elements.


Attached to the cathedral cloister Community space have been preserved virtually intact some of the outbuildings of the Augustinian Canonical founded in the twelfth century. These rooms now house the exhibition. In the basement is exposed lapidary Roman epigraphy, Visigothic and Arabic, as well as heart stone elements of the Cathedral.

In the old refectory exposed the tapestry of the Last Supper, the Transfiguration altarpiece, attributed to the school of Jaume Huguet, the altarpiece of the Entombment of Christ and a sample of clothing, paintings, sculpture, furniture and jewelery, trousseau Godofredo the bishops of Avignon and Jardí Arnau and sample documentation codex and Chapter Archives. In the old room exposed the stalls and choir Holy Christ, Corpus Custody, reliquaries, tapestries, chests and choir books.

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