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Sant Martí d'Empúries
Church of Sant Martí Empúries
Church of Sant Martí Empúries
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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.

Sant Martí d'Empúries is a staging point on the GR 92 long distance footpath, which roughly follows the length of the Mediterranean coast of Spain. Stage 5, to the north, takes a route behind the coast to the El Cortalet pond in the Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, a distance of 20.2 kilometres (12.6 mi). Stage 6, to the south, follows the coast to l'Escala and then takes an inland route across the Montgri Massif to reach the next staging point of Torroella de Montgrí, a distance of 20.0 kilometres (12.4 mi).[2][3]


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.
  2. ^ Empordà Costa Brava - Nord (Map). 1:30,000. Editorial PIOLET i Consell Comarcal del Baix Empordà. March 2012.
  3. ^ "GR 92: Sender de la Mediterrània" [GR 92: Mediterranean Path]. (in Catalan). Archived from the original on 7 November 2022. Retrieved 7 November 2022.
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