Sant Martí d'Empúries

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Sant Martí d'Empúries
Church of Sant Martí Empúries
Church of Sant Martí Empúries
Flag of Sant Martí d'Empúries
Sant Martí d'Empúries is located in Catalonia
Sant Martí d'Empúries
Sant Martí d'Empúries
Location in Catalonia
Coordinates: 42°8′23.59″N 3°7′4.48″E / 42.1398861°N 3.1179111°E / 42.1398861; 3.1179111
Country Spain
Community Catalonia
ComarcaAlt Empordà
 • Total61
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
WebsiteOfficial website

Sant Martí d'Empúries is an entity of the town of L'Escala. It is located next to the ruins of Empúries or Empòrion. Ancient Greeks established the settlement in the 6th century BC.[1] It was the county seat until 1079 Empúries moved to Castelló d'Empúries place less exposed to attack.


It was an inhabited place since the arrival of Greeks from Massalia, actual Marseille (France) in the 6th century BC. Greeks established a settlement there called it, Kypsela (Greek: Κύψελα). At the ancient times there is a possibility that there was a temple of Artemis on the island.[1]

It was Christianized by Saint Feliu, an African martyr who died in 304 in Girona. He was bishop between 516 and 693. Charlemagne mentions Ermenguer[where?][who?] as first Count of Empúries in 812.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Mierse, William E. (November 1999). Temples and Towns in Roman Iberia: The Social and Architectural Dynamics of Sanctuary Designs, from the Third Century B.C. to the Third Century A.D. University of California Press. p. 11. ISBN 978-0520203778.

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