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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  • I loved very well preserved all the beautiful village very good food and very good price easy access to all nearby towns tambien.muy
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  • This Basilica is huge and worthy of interest by its architecture, fine example of Catalan Gothic. Its Portal is to watch with attention (representation of the Apostles and scene of the adoration of the Magi). It is also very pleasant to walk through the streets of this small town where the old buildings are many and therefore not worth paying € 2.50 requested to enter the Basilica.
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  • A wonderfully historic church that spans the centuries architecturally, with a nice Catalan Gothic arch. Don't usually agree with paying to enter churches, (would rather donate) but made an exception ...  more »
  • 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
  • Beautiful gothic church with Latin cross of surroundings of century XIII. It is the most spectacular of the province after the Cathedral of Girona. The different chapels inside light with presence sensors approach, interesting and environmentally friendly solution. Carry out visits to the altarpiece and the Diocesan Museum 1 - €2.
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  • Spectacular example of Gothic art. You can't miss the main altar. Price of the visit €3
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  • Small Basilica to see. Admission € 2,5 per person is not excessive.
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