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Amazing cathedral

Valencia offers a wonderful mix of architectural spot to enjoy. This cathedral is superb and... read more

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Moment of reflection

For those who want a moment of reflection, Christian or not: this is the place. I was nicely... read more

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Reviewed 17 January 2014

Valencia Cathedral is packed full of interesting features that make it worth paying 5 euros for a guided tour. The alabaster, carefully angled windows that keep the place cool and direct light to the altar are worth the admission fee alone in my view. Alternatively you can often pop in at the end of services for a more informal look round. Unlike in the UK (in my experience), Spaniards tend to wander in and out of services in quite a relaxed way for a smoke, phone call, breath of air so you don't need to feel you are behaving inappropriately if you just pop in for a few minutes (flash photography during a service? much too far in my view but often seen!). Personally, I find the Spanish approach liberating and less starchy .. The Holy Grail itself is pretty much as per the picture above. You can see it but it is quite high up and behind both glass and an ornate glass casing. Is it real? Well, it is one of around 3/4 contenders in the world that I know of (none of which may be real). It is scientificaly verified to be old enough to be real but then cups were pretty common in those days too ... My view? It's more likely to be real than the body of St James in Santiago de Compostela that was flown there from Jerusalem in a stone boat by angels so that he could be 'found' by a shepherd 900 years later and pronounced authentic by the bishop (early DNA expert!) when the Christian church happened to need a symbolic leader for the fight against the then Islamic government. Doesn't stop 100s of 1000s of people making a pilgrimage there every year (me included!). If you just see the Grail as a fascinating cultural artefact in an enchanting Visigothic-Islamic-Christian building in a beautiful city, you'll enjoy the visit a lot more!

6  Thank Bob G
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

The five euros each we paid, to get into the cathedral, gave us access to the special chapel housing (supposedly) the cup of the Holy Grail. Surely no one can prove or disprove that this is the chalice used by Christ at the Last Supper. Even our audio guide said that the story was a mixture of facts & legend. That said they have it well protected and locked up behind reinforced Plexiglas. Want it to be real but also remember Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade. Really interesting was the chapel itself. Worth the look

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Reviewed 14 October 2013

Big billing, tiny room, strange sight but who says it's not the real thing, the final room on the cathedral tour.

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Reviewed 28 September 2013

I appreciate the historic significance of what's in the room for serious Christians. However, for everyone else it's really just another room in the Cathedral. The room itself is very tall and definitely one of the standouts of the Cathedral. The cup is visible, but it is kept in a case that is far away from the area you can access. Definitely don't miss this if you're touring the Cathedral, but for me it wasn't as much of a highlight as the view from the tower, or the interior of the main part of the Cathedral.

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Reviewed 14 September 2013

It would be easy to miss this jewel unless you were looking for it. It is one of the last chapels #19 in the Cathedral and you might be overloaded by the time you get to it. Take a few minutes to appreciate the beautiful chapel and the object that is displayed here.

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