The belle of Valencia is the magnificent cathedral building that became an icon of the Plaza de la Reina. The sacred place never fails to make the traveler amazed by the beauty of its architecture. Although not a museum, but in the Valencia Cathedral stored interesting things to see, including the Holy Grail.
Iglesia Catedral-Basilica Metropolitana de la Asuncion de Nuestra Señora de Valencia, better known by the name of Valencia Cathedral, built on historic land. It is said that the place is a former Roman temple which later became a Visigoth church and turned into a mosque when controlled by the Arab Moors. After the Reconquista or the reconquest of the Iberian peninsula by Christian Kingdom, inside the mosque functioned as a church. Church in the mosque that lasted until the year 1262, until finally Bishop Andrés de Albalat decided to destroy it and build a new cathedral in accordance with the design created by architect Arnau Vidal. Its construction took place between the years 1262 – 1300. The Features La Miguelete tower was founded in 1418. At the behest of King Chain I, the Conqueror of Arragon, so dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
Valencia Cathedral dominated the baroque style architecture. But the development that took centuries, namely in the 13th century – 15th century, making this cathedral has the charm of some artistic mix. Travelers can see some parts of the cathedral with early Romanesque architectural style, renaissance style is smooth, highly decorative baroque style and the neoclassical style that looks more organized. An open arcade with pillars curved, forming a semi-circle and is reminiscent of the Colosseum in Rome. The inside is dominated by the gothic style, where there are art objects are very valuable. Examples are two paintings by Goya in the chapel of San Francesco and one of them depicts an exorcism.
The most famous treasure held by the Cathedral of Valencia is the chalice known as Santo Caliz. The chalice is believed to be the Holy Grail that used by Jesus before his death. Despite these allegations are true or not, Santo Caliz is fascinating ancient artifacts and can be seen in the dark at a stone chapel located at the corner of the cathedral. While La Miguelete octagonal tower has 207 stairs to be climbed to see the sights of Valencia from the summit.
Operating Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 18:30 pm, and Sunday 14:00 pm – 18:30 pm. La Miguelete Operating Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, and Sundays at 17:00 to 18:30. Tickets: Outright Donation Address: Plaça de l’Almonia, s / n, 46003, Valencia.