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Figueres (Catalan pronunciation: [fiˈɡeɾəs], [fiˈɡeɾes]; Catalan for 'fig trees', Spanish: Figueras, [fiˈɣeɾas]) is the capital of the comarca of Alt Empordà, in the province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain.
|• Mayor||Jordi Masquef Creus (2018)|
|• Total||19.3 km2 (7.5 sq mi)|
|Elevation||39 m (128 ft)|
|• Density||2,400/km2 (6,200/sq mi)|
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, 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.
It was one of the most heavily bombed Catalan cities during the Civil War, in 1938, and, especially, at the beginning of 1939, when thousands of people passed through the town on their way into exile. The number of bombing victims cannot be known with certainty, but could be close to 400.
Figueres recovered starting from the 1950s, consolidating its economy around the tourism industry.
- Sant Ferran Castle, built in 1753 during the reign of Ferdinand VI of Spain. It has a pentagonal layout, with a total perimeter of 5.6 km (3.5 mi).
- Parish church of St. Peter, in Gothic. It has a single nave with side chapels.
- Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí (19th century, renovated in the 1960s). It incorporates a tower from the ancient walls.
- Technical Museum of the Empordà, a technology museum with hundreds of antique typewriters
- Museu de l'Empordà
Situated in the northeast 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 5 h 27 min. Connections to Madrid-Barcelona via AVE began on 8 January 2013 and the trip takes 53 min (12 min to Girona).
- Narcís Monturiol (1819–1885), pioneering submarine engineer and inventor
- Montserrat Minobis i Puntonet (1942–2019), feminist journalist
- Salvador Dalí (1904–1989), world-renowned artist
- Mónica Naranjo (born 1974), singer and television host
- Maverick Viñales (born 1995), MotoGP racer
- Dídac Lee (born 1974), entrepreneur, former board member of FC Barcelona
Twin towns – sister citiesEdit
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