Greek city of Emporion, at L'Escala, Girona.
At 6th century b.C. Emporiom was founded by Greek-Phoecian traders. This new settlement was developped in two phases: Paliapolis -ancient city-; later Neopolis -new city-. Emporiom does mean "market", making us imagine the use of new colonies.
Few remainings from the ancient city, Paliopolis, came to our days, since many constructions have been made on it. It is called today "the little island of Saint Marti d'Empuries. Documents let us suppose that Sanctuary of Artemisa was there, but we only keep few remainings: Ionic capitals reused in later works.
Many more remainigs of the Neopolis survive:
Its wall protects two sides -southern and eastern- with a southern door surrounded by two towers. A third tower stands at the corner of the walls. It is built with an Iberian technique: with not worked stones, because of the division of indian population of Indike.
There is a clear urban structure at the city design: a main street gives birth to lateral alleys. They finish at the sacred area of temples. Houses with rectangular plan are placed at the street apex.
Temples at sacred area are:
Apart from the temples, many civil and public houses are outstanding:
At both sities there are plead written plates and silver coins -drachmae- as well as typical Greek pottery: amphorae, Pelikes, Hydias, Craterae, Oinochoes...