Wednesday, September 7, 2011

CATALONIA - COSTA BRAVA: CATEDRAL DEL EMPORDA

After spending a nice day in Besalú and Banyoles, we drove to Castelló d'Empúries, a village located in La Costa Brava near Empuriabrava and El Cap de Creus, to visit the impressive church of Santa Maria. It's really beautiful.

The gothic church of Santa Maria in Castelló d'Empúries has a structure and dimensions of a cathedral. La Catedral de l'Empordà, as it's popularly known, it's one of the most interesting examples of gothic religious architecture in Catalonia.


Church of Santa Maria in Castelló d'Empúries
Fantastic marble portal of the church of Santa Maria in Castelló d'Empúries, also known as La Catedral de l'Empordà

Catedral del Empordà in Castelló d'Empúries
Detail of the tympanum and archivolts of the beautiful marble portal of La Catedral de l'Empordà you can visit in La Costa Brava

Catedral del Empordà in Castelló d'Empúries
Detail of the tympanum of the portal of La Catedral de l'Empordà

Catedral del Empordà in Castelló d'Empúries
Detail of two sculptures in the archivolts of the main entrance of La Catedral de l'Empordà

Catedral del Empordà in Castelló d'Empúries
The interior space of La Catedral de l'Empordà, a paradigm of Mediterranean Gothic

Catedral del Empordà in Castelló d'Empúries
The bell tower, decorated with Gothic windows, has an architectural composition influenced by the Romanesque Lombard style


If you have more time after visiting this impressive gothic church, there are other interesting nearby places to know like:



Finally, clicking on the next link you will find links to other beautiful places in Catalonia, among them, more nice places in La Costa Brava, like the beaches of :




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