|Stones from a mix of different eras form a wall in Tarragona|
|A model of Roman Tarraco|
|This tower built over Roman walls was used as a prison for centuries|
When you walk around old Tarragona, you see old stone walls appearing around every corner. Long medieval blocks have massive stone foundations that could be thousands of years old. Sometimes these take on an almost Flintstone cartoon quality because of their sheer size and rough forms. Free standing ruins sit in plazas that have been used as gathering places for millennium. The town's administrative square sits on top of the old chariot race track, with vaulted walls built over by adjacent buildings that can be seen inside restaurants and shops.
|Gothic stone walls built over Roman Foundations|
|The Cloisters of the Cathedral contain Romanesque columns, Gothic pointed arches, and round Moorish windows|
|A column section becomes part of a wall in the ruins of a church built to honor martyred Christians in the Amphitheater|
|Pebble Mosaic panels in a limestone walkway|
When river stones are used in the streets they are usually larger in size and are set deeper in to the mortar so that they wont pop loose under the weight of car tires. Bands of cut stone break up the areas so that the river stone mosaics are framed in squares and rectangles. A curving street going up the hill paved in this method is truly a beautiful thing. Steps are artfully incorporated in to the adjacent sidewalks with perfect proportions.
|Street cobbles in black and white river stones with bands of limestone and limestone curbing|
|A freshly washed cobblestone street with limestone sidewalks|
|Beautiful Stonework frames a round window on the 20th Century Colegio de Sant Pau|
|Palo Verde trees are planted in skewed squares to follow the irregular line of a narrow street|
Thanks for reading, Jeffrey