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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.Plan your Basilica of Santa Maria visit and explore what else you can see and do in Castello d'Empuries using our Castello d'Empuries trip builder.
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Ne pas hésiter à entrer dans les terres pour y découvrir ce bel édifice qui mérite vraiment une visite. La cathédrale ou basilique de Castello d'Empuries au coeur de cette petite ville à quelques Km d... more »Do not hesitate to enter land to discover this lovely building that deserves a visit. The Cathedral or Basilica of Castelló d ' Empúries at the heart of this small town a few Km of seashore merit really stop. Externally the front porch is beautiful. The Interior and its riches is simply beautiful to discover and watch.
Jolie et belle architecture. Très bien entretenue, calme et parfaite pour le recueillement. A inclure absolument dans la visite de Castello. more »Pretty and beautiful architecture. Very well maintained, quiet and perfect for meditation. Include absolutely in the visit of Castello.
Nicht nur die Basilica ist sehenswert. Das alte Portal ist wunderschön und zeigt etwas von vergangener Pracht. Einen herrlichen Blick auf die Basilika hat man im Winter von der Schnellstrasse aus. Die... more »Not only the Basilica is worth a visit. The old Portal is beautiful and shows something of the past glory. You have great views of the Basilica in the winter by the Expressway. The Pyrenees rise up behind them with white snow against the blue sky. The Basilica is a public washing place in an old city area close to the flour Museum and the "Rentador public". Both are worth a visit. The Basilica is built in the old city wall. It is worth to get out again in the flour Museum (a narrow road leads through the streets and turn right behind the city wall) see the Basilica from the rear.
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
David SitjesThe 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".
Zeger DepoorterHard 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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