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Figueres

Figueres
Municipality
Church of St. Peter
Church of St. Peter
Coat of arms of Figueres
Coat of arms
Figueres is located in Spain
Figueres
Figueres
Location in Spain
Coordinates:
Country  Spain
Community  Catalonia
Province Girona
Comarca Alt Empordà
Government
 • Mayor Santi Vila Vicente
Area
 • Total 18.78 km2 (7.25 sq mi)
Elevation 39 m (128 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 44,765
 • Density 2,400/km2 (6,200/sq mi)
Demonym Figuerenques
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website Official website

Figueres (Catalan pronunciation: , Catalan for fig trees, Spanish: Figueras) is the capital of the comarca of Alt Empordà, in the province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain.

The town is the birthplace of artist Salvador Dalí, and houses the Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí, a large museum designed by Dalí himself which attracts many visitors. It is also the birthplace of Narcís Monturiol i Estarriol, inventor of the first successful machine-powered submarine. Also born here was Mónica Naranjo, one of the best selling Spanish singers of the 1990s and 2000s (decade).

Contents

  • History 1
  • Main sights 2
  • Transportation 3
  • Twin towns 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History

The town's name derives from that of Ficaris, of Visigoth origins. In 1267, King James I of Aragon conceded it fuero rights, but four years later count Ponç IV of Empúries set the town on fire.

During the Spanish Civil War, it remained loyal to the Republican government, and was repeatedly bombed by the rebels. Figueres recovered starting from the 1950s, consolidating its economy around the tourism industry.

Main sights

Transportation

Situated in the north-east corner of Catalonia, Figueres is about 40 km (25 miles) from Girona, 140 km (87 miles) from Barcelona, 60 km (37 miles) from Perpignan, and 50 km (31 miles) from Girona-Costa Brava Airport. It is also served by its own railway station just east of the old town center.

Figueres has been connected since December 2010 to the high-speed rail network with the start of services connecting Figueres to Perpignan via LGV, allowing direct TGV services to Paris in 5h 27 min. Connections to Madrid-Barcelona via AVE are began on 8 January 2013 and the trip takes 53 mins (12 minutes to Girona).[1]

Twin towns

References

References
  1. ^ Kallas, Siim (8 January 2013). "The European commission welcomes the entry into service of the high speed line between Barcelona and Figueres – last stage of Spain-Europe high-speed connection". European Commission. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Figueres i Alcalà la Real: l'agermanament", Ajuntament de Figueres
  3. ^ "Figueres i Craiova preparen el seu agermanament", Empordà.info
Literature
  • Panareda Clopés, Josep Maria; Rios Calvet, Jaume; Rabella Vives, Josep Maria (1989). Guia de Catalunya, Barcelona:Caixa de Catalunya. ISBN 84-87135-01-3 (Spanish). ISBN 84-87135-02-1 (Catalan).

External links

  • Figueres Council: Figueres Council (Catalan)



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