Sant Martí d'Empúries

Sant Martí d'Empúries
Municipality
Church of Sant Martí Empúries

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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
Province Girona
Comarca Alt Empordà
Population (2007)
  Total 47
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website Official 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.

History

It was an inhabited place since the arrival of Greeks from Phocaea 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 as first Count of Empúries in 812.

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