The Holy Chalice at the Cathedral of Valencia

The Cathedral of Valencia found during 13th Century was built on the site of old Roman Temple of Diana that was destroyed by the Moors in order to build a mosque. This magnificent church which is also famous as Saint Mary’s Cathedral is located close to the two iconic squares of Valencia: Plaza del Virgin and Plaza del la Reina.

Baroque style main entrance
Baroque style main entrance
The door of the Apostles
The door of the Apostles
Arch on Barchilla Street
Arch on Barchilla Street
The Almoina
The Almoina
The Almoina Door
The Almoina Door

Although Gothic architecture is the main style of the Cathedral exteriors, varied styles like Romanesque, Baroque, Renaissance and Neo-Classical elements are found in different parts of the cathedral as the construction was carried on for several centuries.

Inside the Cathedral
Inside the Cathedral
The High altarpiece and the Frescoes
The High altarpiece and the Frescoes
Details around the Altarpiece
Details around the Altarpiece
Renaissance Frescoes
Renaissance Frescoes
Details between arches
Details between arches
The Dome
The Dome
Chandelier hanging on the dome
Chandelier hanging from the dome

The cathedral contains numerous religious treasures and works of art by some of the famous artists of 15th century. There are two paintings by Goya, which is said to be first of his work displaying the dark world. A mummified arm of Saint Vincente Martyr (patron Saint of Valencia) is also preserved in the Chapel in Resurrection.

Gothic style of the dome
Gothic style of the dome
15th Century statue of Virgin of Cadira
15th Century statue of Virgin of Cadira
Relic of Saint Vincent Martyr at the Chapel of Resurrection
Relic of Saint Vincent Martyr at the Chapel of Resurrection
Pulpit of the St. Vincent Ferrer
Pulpit of the St. Vincent Ferrer
Monumental Monstrance of the Corpus Christi.
Monumental Monstrance of the Corpus Christi.
Gothic artefact inside the Cathedral Museum
Gothic artefacts inside the Cathedral Museum
Gothic artefact inside the Cathedral Museum
Gothic artefact inside the Cathedral Museum

The main highlight of the cathedral is the Santo Caliz Chapel where you will find the Holy Chalice. Some of the history researchers have claimed that this is the authentic Holy Grail used by Jesus in the Last Supper. The chapel is an old stone-walled structure located next to cathedral museum with the chalice placed in the center on an alabaster altarpiece. Not dwelling on the fact that if the legends are true or not, but the uncanny feeling we experienced while standing in the chapel and looking at one of the items of great religious and historic importance was a moment to be treasured.

The Holy Chalice Chapel
The Holy Chalice Chapel
Chalice placed on the Alabaster altarpiece
Chalice placed on the Alabaster altarpiece
Coronation of the Virgin after her Assumption into heaven
Coronation of the Virgin after her Assumption into heaven

The cathedral also has an octagonal bell tower “El Micalet” (or the “Miguelete”), another historic landmark of Valencia. The tower has 207 spiral steps that lead to an open terrace with the large bell placed in the centre and uninterrupted view of the historic city.

The Micalet Bell
The Micalet Bell
View from the Micalet tower
View from the Micalet tower
Night view of the Micalet
Night view of the Micalet

The entry to the cathedral costs 4 Euros and it also includes audio guide that gives detailed information on every part of the cathedral. The bell tower entry fees is about 2 Euros.

Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados
Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados

Basilica de Virgen de Los Desamparados

Also visit the Real Basi­lica de la Virgen de los Desamparados located right next to the cathedral of Valencia at Plaza de la Virgin. Considered as one of the first Baroque buildings in Spain has a distinct style with a large statue of Virgin of the Forsaken (Patron Virgin of Valencia).

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