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Figueres

Figueres (pronounced [fiˈɣeɾəs]; Catalan for "fig trees") is the capital of the comarca 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, 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.

The town's name derives from that of Ficaris, of Visigoth origin. In 1267, King James I of Aragon conceded it fuero rights, but four years later Count Ponç IV of Empúries set the town on fire.


During the Spanish Civil War, it remained loyal to the Republican government, and was repeatedly bombed by the insurgents. Figueres recovered starting from the 1950s, consolidating its economy around the tourism industry.

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