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Watching the Gladiator Show in Tarragona’s Roman Amphitheatre

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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.

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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.

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The well preserved Roman amphitheatre in Tarragona

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

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The gladiator line-up

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 The crowd enjoying the show

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Gladiator with trident and net

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Getting ready for battle

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The battle commences

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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.

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Man down

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Golden shin guards & helmet

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Raising some support for themselves

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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.

 

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