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Cúria-Presó Medieval History Museum

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Cúria-Presó Medieval History Museum


Basic Information

Location Castello, Spain
Country Spain
City Castello
Address Castello, Spain

General Information

Open to visitors no
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 42.2578,3.07477


Curia-Presó is a civil Gothic style building constructed in around 1336 which served a dual purpose: the court (cúria) and prison (presó), and it was one of the most prominent administrative centres of the capital of county of Empúries.

The building currently houses the municipal Tourist office which is located on the ground floor of the building and the Cúria-Presó Medieval History Museum which occupies the rest of the building. The museum is a collection which is open to the public and which is dedicated to local medieval history and we would highlight the room dedicated to the Jewish past of Castelló d´Empúries. In this room you can visit one of the largest collections of Jewish funeral headstones in Catalonia.

It is a set of nine headstones from the former Jewish cemetery of Castelló d´Empúries which have been granted by private individuals to the Local Council. Along with these pieces you can see a Mezuzah, a scale model of the town in the 14th century and an audio-visual providing a historical approach to the municipality.

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