Santa Maria de Palau

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Santa Maria de Palau and the old village, now in ruins, are located on a small hill and were close to the “Camí d’Empúries”, which from Empúries crosses the Baix Empordà plain to connect to the Via Augusta.

The place name palau usually refers to the existence of a Roman establishment, generally a fortified villa. The Roman remains found over a large area prove the existence of Roman settlement on this site, from the second century bc until a very late period.

Few historical references have been found to the Church of Santa Maria de Palau, although we do know that in the second half of the fifteenth century it was dedicated to worship. When and why it was abandoned are a mystery.