Extended! Exhibition: "Tàrrega urban topography · xv, xvi and xxi centuries" · research work detailing the medieval urban physics of the historical center of the town of Tarrega
Tàrrega reconstructs in an exhibition its medieval urban past. The exhibition displays an enormous topographical search work that defines, street and house, as it was the old town between the 15th and 17th centuries, at the end of the Middle Ages and at the beginning of the Modern Age . Conjugating historical documentary sources and latest technological tools, the Tàrrega Urgell Museum has managed to detail the medieval urban structure of the historical center of Tàrrega and the inheritance that has endured to this day. It is a pioneering and world-class work. Although high-resolution orthophotos had already been used on facades of buildings, they had never been applied to an urban area so extensive and as exhaustive as it has been done in Tàrrega.
In this work, a team of four people has invested three years' efforts for three years. The origin is based on an idea of the historian Josep Xavier Muntané, who ordered and transcribed Tàrrega's tax books from 1501, held in the Archive of the Comarca of l'Urgell. The documents allowed to determine all the buildings that made up the thirty streets and squares of the old town. Next, archeologist Anna Colet applied the 16th century planimetries on a map of the current buildings. This gave Oriol Saula the archeologist to locate and document the architectural elements of the period that still survive today (vaults, arches, cellars, columns ...).
Finally, Josep Giribet and his team from Calidos captured up to 70,000 high resolution photos of all the facades of the historical center of Tàrrega, making possible simultaneously a reconstruction in virtual reality that can also be seen in the exhibition. The task is, therefore, a source of great documentary, heritage and archival value that will become a benchmark in the field of topographic research.