Tarragona, Els Tres Tombs 2014

Els Tres Tombs, Tarragona

The Rambla Nova of Tarragona was the stage of the annual arrival of horses and traditional carts for what is known as Els Tres Tombs, an ancient  ritual dedicated to Sant Anthony Abat. It consists in doing three lapses around a designated area and takes place in many Catalans towns and cities.This is a genteel spectacle of days gone by when the working horse ruled the day. and nearly  a hundred horsemen and pack horses take part.

In the old days a large smoky fire made of green branches would have been central to the display but now it’s just the equine parade preceded by the cart carrying the saint with  priest blessing the animals.

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