It is first mentioned in 1020 and the medieval town of Figueres was built around it. There are still remains of the north facing walls from the initial Romanesque church with a crenel to the left of the nave, at the foot of the bell tower. In the 14th century, the Gothic church was built on top of the Romanesque building. The nave, with ribbed vaults and buttresses, reached as far as the current cross point of the transept. In 1578 the façade was redone, in which its circular window stands out. Later, in 1678 work started on the Dolors Chapel. The old Gothic capital was replaced by a transept and a polygonal apse in the 18th century. The dome was built in 1895 as per a project designed by the architect Josep Azemar. During the Civil War, the church suffered significant destruction. Between 1941 and 1948 the cross point was rebuilt and it was crowned with an octagonal dome, following the Gothic style of the old nave.
Estrets i curts són els carrers
per on anem amb llum precària.
El nimbe lacti dels fanals
els estreteja més encara.
Entorn l'església arxiprestal,
hi ha aiguats de segles en les gàrgoles;
senders oberts en la foscor,
evanescents remors de l'aire.
Des de la creu del campanar
baixen les ombres a la clasta,
i canten l'hora amb un escamp
de monosíl·labs, les campanes.
Són curts i estrets aquests carrers.
-Alcen el vol els ballesters!-
Per què voldríem més amplada?
ALCEN EL VOL ELS BALLESTERS, de Maurici, Jaume, dedicat a Montserrat Vayreda i Trullol
This text comes from the Literary Atlas of the lands of Girona, coordinated by Narcís Jordi Aragó and Mariàngela Vilallonga and published by Girona Provincial Council in 2003.
Pujada De L'església 8, 17600 Figueras, Provincia de Gerona, España