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Basilica of Santa Maria, Castello d'Empuries

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The Santa Maria Basilica, located in the municipality of Castelló d'Empúries in Girona, Catalonia, Spain, has for centuries been regarded as the Empordà Cathedral, although papal authorities have never grant it this rank. The building is the second largest in the Costa Brava, after the Girona Cathedral, and is big enough to justify a cathedral status. It is a Gothic building begun in the thirteenth century that replaced a primitive Romanesque church from the tenth century. A few vestiges of this building remains, such as the first floors of the bell tower and the grant baptismal. It was completed in the fifteenth century, when the marble facade and the alabaster altarpiece of the main altar were finished. It contains a museum known as El Tresor, which contains a large collection of religious jewelry.The church is dedicated to the Virgin of Candelera.HistoryAfter the destruction of Empúries, Castelló became the county seat, with the transfer of the Counts of Empúries to the villa. Thus the site became a strategically defensive zone surrounded by walls. The counts wanted the village to be the base of the episcopal seat of the Empordà, which would explain its monumentality.A document from 1007 first made mention of a Romanesque church dedicated to Santa Maria established in the hamlet of Castelló d'Empúries. This was a purchase made by the Bishop of Girona Odó, from spouses Tedmar and Truitela, a Castelló freehold property comprising several mounds, two lagoons and two lakes called "Ded" and "Bona Conca". The property was limited, at different points, by Sancta Maria de Castilione territories. This Romanesque church was consecrated in 1064.
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  • Magnificent Basilica .very pretty externally and interieurement.sur a nice place where reigns peace
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  • In a small town as Castello de Empuries you meet a wonderful Cathedral, do not fail to visit it is incredible.
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  • Basilica of Santa Maria is an old gothic Spanish church with very nice sculptures and fresques, a somptuous architecture, merite a visit when in Castello.  more »
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  • this is beautiful. when you go get inside, i don't know when they open but you can see around a small museum and find out history of this church, only 2eur
  • The exteriors are amazing but you have to pay €0.5 in the interior of the church so that the lights on is a bit of "crawling".
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  • Hard to believe that there may be a building like this in a place as well. Architecturally amazing sculptural i. If you are near, draw near.
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  • Lovely!
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