Basilica of Santa Maria in Castelló d’Empúries

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The Gothic basilica of Santa Maria has the structure and size of a cathedral, a title that it failed to obtain despite several attempts by the counts of Empúries. It is one of the most interesting examples of Gothic religious architecture in Catalonia.

The works, which began in the 13th century, continued throughout the 14th century and were completed at the turn of the 15th century, when the façade with the beautiful marble entrance was built. The interior is typical of the Mediterranean Gothic style with its outstanding Romanesque baptismal fonts, the noteworthy 15th century alabaster main altarpiece, two sarcophagi of Catalan counts and a Gothic stained-glass window, the 18th century altarpiece of the Sorrows, the 19th century organ and many other elements of interest.

The bell tower, with Gothic decoration, retains the architectural composition of Lombard Romanesque bell towers and most probably dates from the 13th century.

The Parish Museum displays carvings, gold and silver work pieces, liturgical ornaments and archaeological artefacts from various periods.


Basilica of Santa Maria in Castelló d’Empúries
Pl. Mossèn Jacint Verdaguer
17486 Castelló d’Empúries (L’Alt Empordà)

Telephone: (+34) 972 158 019
Fax: (+34) 972 158 063