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Figueres

Figueres

[fee-ge-res]
Figueres or Figueras town (1990 pop. 34,463), Girona prov., NE Spain, in Catalonia, near the French border. Traditionally a fortified city because of its strategic location, it is now an important communications center. Its manufactures include chemicals, textiles, and cement. In the Spanish civil war Figueres served briefly as the seat of the Loyalist government. Its 18th-century fortress is now a prison. Salvador Dalí was born in Figueres, and designed the Teatre-Museu Dalí, where he is buried.
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Figueres (Figueras) is the capital of the comarca (district) 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 combustion powered submarine and anaerobic engine. Also born here was Monica Naranjo, one of the best selling Spanish singers of the 1990s and 2000s.

The city is twinned with Perpignan (Pyrénées Orientales), just over the Pyrenees in France.

Demography

Transportation

Situated in the north-east corner of Catalonia, Figueres is about 40 km far from Girona, 140 km from Barcelona, 60 km from Perpignan and 50 km far from Girona-Costa Brava Airport.

The projected high-speed rail lines connecting Figueres to Perpignan via LGV and to Madrid-Barcelona via AVE are scheduled to begin service in 2009 and 2012.

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References

  • 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).

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