"Emporio" Empúries by Aitana

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The Greek city

Emporion was founded in 575 BC by Greek colonists from Phocaea.
The first town, Palaiopolis, was founded in an island, now jointed to the mainland. In that place, now is the village Sant Martí d'Empuries.
Neaopolis was founded later in the mainland.
The ruins that are visited nowadays belong to the new town.
There was a sanctuary dedicated to Asclepius, god of medicine and healing. The statue of Asclepius was offered by a Greek trader from Alexandria. There was also a temple dedicated to Serapis, hellenistic houses with mosaics, the agora and the stoa.
The Roman city, close to Neapolis, was larger that the Greek one. Some houses and thermae have been excavated.

Commerce was the main activity of the city. The situation, between Massalia (Marseille) and Tartessos, in the south of the peninsula, contributed to its prosperity.
The harbour mole can be seen in the beach between Empuries and Sant Martí.


The visit to the archaeological site is very pleasant. The site is very close to the sea, the view is wonderful and there are pine trees that permit to rest at the shade. The colonists that founded the city were really clever!

  • Last visit to Empúries: Sep 2008
  • Intro Updated Sep 27, 2008
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    Mar 4, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    So pleased to find this page - we visited whilst staying in Aiguablava and I still can't believe that the photographs we took were lost. THanks for sharing.

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