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Watching the Gladiator Show in Tarragona’s Roman Amphitheatre

Watching the Gladiator Show in Tarragonas Roman Amphitheatre

I was a spectator at a Gladiator Show in Tarragona in Catalonia, Spain. The show was part of the Terraco Viva Festival which takes place over a two week period every May in Tarragona. I received complimentary entry.

Watching the Gladiator Show in Tarragonas Roman Amphitheatre

The Gladiators enter the ring

I thought that the amphitheatre was very well preserved and in a beautiful location close to the sea. It was pretty sunny during the show and it became very hot in the ampiteatre. There’s no shade, so I recommend you wear a hat and sunscreen.

Watching the Gladiator Show in Tarragonas Roman Amphitheatre

The well preserved Roman amphitheatre in Tarragona

The commentary was in Spanish, so I didn’t understand a word.

Watching the Gladiator Show in Tarragonas Roman Amphitheatre

The gladiator line-up

Watching the Gladiator Show in Tarragonas Roman Amphitheatre

 The crowd enjoying the show

Watching the Gladiator Show in Tarragonas Roman Amphitheatre

Gladiator with trident and net

Watching the Gladiator Show in Tarragonas Roman Amphitheatre

Getting ready for battle

Watching the Gladiator Show in Tarragonas Roman Amphitheatre

The battle commences

Watching the Gladiator Show in Tarragonas Roman Amphitheatre

Close encounters of a gladiator kind

The fights looked pretty realistic to me. Landing on that gravel must’ve caused a few grazes around the body. I could see a lot of welts on one gladiator’s back after the show.

Watching the Gladiator Show in Tarragonas Roman Amphitheatre

Man down

Watching the Gladiator Show in Tarragonas Roman Amphitheatre

Golden shin guards & helmet

Watching the Gladiator Show in Tarragonas Roman Amphitheatre

Raising some support for themselves

Watching the Gladiator Show in Tarragonas Roman Amphitheatre

A lap of honour

The gladiators came out of the ring to mingle, chat and pose for photos with the departing audience.

I found the gladiator show in the Roman amphitheatre in Tarragona to be atmospheric and fun to watch.

 

Watching the Gladiator Show in Tarragonas Roman Amphitheatre