The Saint Mary's Cathedral in the heart of Valencia was first built early in the 13th century and consecrated in 1238. Its early medieval roots have meant that the city grew up around it with buildings surrounding the structure on all sides. The majority of the design remains in the distinctive gothic style of the time despite a number of subsequent additions and a large expansion that took place in the 13-15th centuries.
Interestingly, the site on which the Cathedral stands housed an ancient cathedral during the dark ages and a Mosque before the building we see today was erected.
The Valencia Cathedral's interior is very mixed as much of the walls and celings is relatively plain and modest, much like many other southern Spanish cathedrals. The altar, however is full of gold and marble with beautiful designs and painting on the arches.
The main attraction of the Cathedral is the sacred relic of the Holy Grail. Claimed by scientists to be the most likely original cup from which Jesus drank during the last supper, it has been in the possession of numerous popes over the centuries and is highly revered by Christians all over the world.
In addition, there is a small museum adjacent to the Cathedral which is included within the price of an entry ticket. This museum displays a number of historical pieces relating to the different ages of the Cathedral and gives an interesting insight into Valencia's overall history. The audioguide that comes with the ticket can be particularly useful around the Cathedral as there is not much signage to read.
January 1st to March 19th
March 20th to October 31st
November 1st to December 31st
Entry to Valencia Cathedral
C/ Barchilla 1