One of the interesting historical sites in Figueres is the Church of Saint Peter, where Salvador Dalí – the city’s most famous resident – was baptized. Located on the square, across from the Dalíi Theater Museum, the church is worth a quick visit while you’re here.
Built on the site of a 10th-century monastery, the current church was constructed in the late 14th century (by order of Peter IV of Aragon), expanded over the years (most notably in the 18th and 19th centuries), and restored in the mid-20th century (following severe damage during the Spanish Civil War.)
The single-nave Gothic structure features a stark exterior with a singular bull’s eye window on the façade, a painted arch above the entrance,
and octagonal dome and bell tower.
The interior, with its soaring stone columns and vaulted arches, contains several decorative features and numerous religious artifacts. Among these are:
A statue of Saint Peter which stands above the beautifully carved, monochromatic High Altar;
Two Stone Pulpits situated on opposite sides of the nave, each decorated with reliefs of religious figures, such as those of the Four Evangelists and their symbols;
Brightly colored Stained Glass Windows including eight panels in the dome and two intricately designed Rose Windows in the side transepts;
A Pipe Organ situated above the main entrance
and a smaller Wooden Organ set against a side wall;
Several side altars and chapels decorated with paintings and statues. Among these are:
Capella del Sagrat Cor de Jesús – the Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with paintings by Ramon Reig and sculptures by Frederic Marés;