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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  • The entrance is € 2.50, and nor be to collaborate, is worth paying them. Both the gateway and the altarpiece are really nice.
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  • The basilica of Santa Maria has a structure and dimensions of a cathedral, a dignity that failed despite several attempts they were the counts of Empúries. However, it is known as the 'Cathedral of l' Empordà". The references to this temple is located in the surroundings of the year 1000. Other remains suggest that the building already existed long before and that, therefore, the Church which is currently preserved was built up a primitive Romanesque church, of which there are only traces the first floor of the Bell Tower or the great baptismal font. The basilica of Santa María de Castelló d' Empúries is a building that surprises due to its large size and location in a population so small. Perhaps for this reason the people of the territory considered the "Cathedral of l ' Empordà", but the truth is that this is a condition that already at the time, during the second half of the 13th century, the counts of Empúries pursued and never got. The basilica, is a large Gothic building which closes with a magnificent cover of marble which leads an impressive and diaphanous space cult formed by three naves crowned with pointed domes supported by pillars. In the chancel, behind the altar, we can admire the high altar of Alabaster - attributed to Vicente Borràs - with sculpted representations of figures of angels holding symbols of the promoters of the work, with scenes from the passion and the Ecce Homo, the Virgin and St. John the Evangelist in the central part. The whole is crowned with a great niche with the image of the Virgin candilera, patron saint of the town. The altarpiece is considered a unique work in Catalonia and one of the best examples of Catalan Gothic sculpture from the second half of the 15th century.
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  • We arrived it was closed but the outside is beautiful. I guess the Interior. A next time. Then don't miss the restaurant Casa Clara!
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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
  • Castelló d ' Ampuries and the Cathedral of Santa Maria is an extraordinary example of construction. You can visit for reduced prices, with discounts for people with groups, to current or retired people, to children and to disabled people. That is accessible to the 99%, and that the Museum (on the inside) is fully accessible and with explanations with many languages besides the Catalan. It is worth to get into it.
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  • Were nearby, decided to explore the surrounding area. 18-century Gothic church. Impressed by such buildings in small towns. Great place for a photo. Visit the altar of the Diocesan Museum is worth 2 euros.
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  • Impressive basilica, the best of the visit to the medieval County, the Gothic Basilica of Holy Mary, also called the Cathedral of the Empordà, has a structure and dimensions of a cathedral, a dignity that failed despite several attempts, in Thus, of the counts of Empúries. It is one of the most interesting examples of Gothic religious architecture of Catalonia. The work, begun in the 13th century, continued during the 14th century and was completed at the beginning of the 15th, when he was built the façade with the beautiful marble portalada. The interior space, the paradigm of the Mediterranean Gothic, contains the unique Romanesque baptismal fonts, the very remarkable altarpiece of Alabaster of the 15th century, two County sarcophagi and a Gothic stained-glass window, the altarpiece of the pains of 18th-century organ of the 19th century and many other items of interest. The Bell Tower, with Gothic decoration, follows even the architectural composition of the Romanesque bell towers of Lombard influence. It probably belongs to the 13th century. In the parish Museum exposed, among others, images, objects of gold, liturgical ornaments and Antiquities of various chronology.
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