Things to do in Figueres – Visit the Church of Saint Peter

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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.)

Church of Saint Peter Figueres Spain

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,

Transept Dome with Windows Church of Saint Peter Figueres Spain

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: 

High Altar Saint Peter Figueres Spain

A statue of Saint Peter which stands above the beautifully carved, monochromatic High Altar;

Piazza della Cisterna

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;

Blue Rose Window Church of Saint Peter Figueres Spain

Brightly colored Stained Glass Windows including eight panels in the dome and two intricately designed Rose Windows in the side transepts;

 Pipe Organ Church of Saint Peter Figueres Spain

A Pipe Organ situated above the main entrance

Wooden Organ Saint Peter Figueres Spain

and a smaller Wooden Organ set against a side wall;

Several side altars and chapels decorated with paintings and statues. Among these are:

Chapel of the Sacred Heart Church of Saint Peter Figueres Spain

Capella del Sagrat Cor de Jesús – the Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with paintings by Ramon Reig and sculptures by Frederic Marés;

Holy Sacrament Chapel Church of Saint Peter Figueres Spain

Capella de Santissim Sagrament – the Chapel of the Holy Sacrament decorated with gilded reliefs, marble columns, carvings of angels, a bull’s eye window, and paintings on the walls and ceiling.  Artwork here includes ‘Mort de Jesucristo’ by Frederic Marés (1952); 

Chapel of the Immaculate Conception Church of Saint Peter Figueres Spain

Capella de la Immaculada Concepció – this small Chapel of the Immaculate Conception features a statue of Mary by Ferran Bach Esteve and paintings of angels by Ramon Noé;

Chapel of the Holy Sepulcher Church of Saint Peter Figueres Spain

Capella del Sant Sepulcre – this Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre features a dramatically illuminated glass-encased statue of Christ by sculptor Francesc Torres.  Paintings on the altar, attributed to Joan Jové, depict the five sorrowful mysteries of the rosary. 

Other decorative features and sculptural works in the church include:

Iron Stair Railing Church of Saint Peter Figueres Spain

The ornate iron stair railings and light fixtures;

Holy Christ by Frederic Mares Church of Saint Peter Figueres Spain

The sculpture of the Holy Christ by Frederic Marés (1953);

Saint Sebastian Church of Saint Peter Figueres Spain

Artesania d’Olot’s 1940 sculpture of Saint Sebastian impaled with arrows;

Sorrows by Ramon Amaden Church of Saint Peter Figueres Spain

And the glass-encased 18th-century sculptural group entitled Sorrows by Ramon Amaden.

Getting there:

Church of Saint Peter is located at Carrer de l’Església, 8

Ticket info:

Free

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