Castelló d'Empúries

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Castelló d'Empúries
Municipality
Santa Maria de Castelló
Flag of Castelló d'Empúries
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Coat of arms of Castelló d'Empúries
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Castelló d'Empúries is located in Province of Girona
Castelló d'Empúries
Castelló d'Empúries
Castelló d'Empúries is located in Spain
Castelló d'Empúries
Castelló d'Empúries
Location in Catalonia
Coordinates: 42°15′30″N 3°4′30″E / 42.25833°N 3.07500°E / 42.25833; 3.07500Coordinates: 42°15′30″N 3°4′30″E / 42.25833°N 3.07500°E / 42.25833; 3.07500
Country  Spain
Community  Catalonia
Province Flag of Girona province (unofficial).svg Girona
Comarca Flag of Alt Emporda.svg Alt Empordà
Government
 • Mayor Assumpció Brossa Gratacós (2015)[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 42.3 km2 (16.3 sq mi)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 11,473
 • Density 270/km2 (700/sq mi)
Website www.castello.cat

Castelló d'Empúries is a town and municipality in the Alt Empordà in Girona, Catalonia, Spain. It lies 9 km east of Figueres.

In 1079, Castelló d'Empúries became the capital of the Empúries county due to the previous capital, Sant Martí d'Empúries, being too easily sacked by pirates. 1325-1341 saw a period of large expansion of this capital town, which ultimately ceased being the capital once the county joined the Crown of Aragon and Catalonia in 1385.

In 1809 the 113th Regiment de Ligne of Napoleon's Army fought here.[3]

The old town is somewhat dwarfed by the neighboring urbanisation of Empuriabrava, on the coastline of the Costa Brava.

Old map of the Castelló d'Empúries lake. This coastal lake no longer exists.

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