Tortosa ( Tarragona ) is an old Catalan bishop city on the Ebro.


After the conquest by the Moors Tortosa 1148 was recovered from one part of the army of the Second Crusade for Count Ramon Berenguer IV of Barcelona. In the years 1413/14, the disputation of Tortosa was held here, one of the forced religious discussions between Christians and Jews in the Middle Ages.

During the Spanish Civil War, the area of the city in 1938 was four months the scene of the Battle of the Ebro.


The city's economy is based primarily on the agricultural trade ( olive, rice, citrus fruits), as well as textile, sugar and ceramics industries.


  • Gothic cathedral from the years 1347-1557, which has both Moorish ( tower ) and classical ( façade) elements
  • Episcopal Palace of 1316
  • Reials Col · legis de Tortosa
  • Castell de la Zuda from the 10th century, today a hotel ( Parador ) used, with views over the city and the lower Ebro Valley
  • Casa Brunet, built in 1913
  • Slaughterhouse, built 1906-1908

See also: List of Cultural Monuments in Tortosa

View of the Castle

View of city and river Ebro


Tortosa is twinned with Avignon in Provence (France), Alcaniz in Aragon (Spain ), Vercelli in Piedmont (Italy ), Le Puy -en -Velay in Auvergne (France) and Tartus on the Syrian Mediterranean coast.

Associated with the city people

  • Josep Antoni Martí ( * 1719 in Tortosa, † 1763), Spanish composer of Catalonia
  • Rosa Molas y Vallvé, Blessed of the Roman Catholic Church, born March 24, 1815 in Reus; † June 11, 1876 in Tortosa
  • Felip Pedrellian, composer and musicologist, born February 19, 1841 in Tortosa; † August 19, 1922 in Barcelona
  • Ricardo María Carles Gordo (* 1926, † 2013), Archbishop Emeritus of Barcelona, ​​1969-1990 Bishop of Tortosa