Chapel of the Holy Grail

Chapel of the Holy Grail, Valencia

Chapel of the Holy Grail
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permia
Ireland37,789 contributions
Interesting that of the many claims concerning the Holy Grail this is the one that the Vatican has given some official recognition to.

In the beautiful inspiring chapel the cup of eastern agate stone sits at the centre of the exquisite Gothic Altar.

Here since 1916, it has been the destination of pilgrimage by multitudes of believers over time.
Written March 30, 2022
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Jeremy Taylor
Alexander City, AL163 contributions
Family
I visited this cathedral over 20 years ago and it has changed a bit (became more commercialized), but was actually more interesting than I remember. Obviously getting close to “the Holy Grail” is almost impossible, but if you you’re religious or enjoy history, the church is worth some time. There are lots of artifacts and even an archaeological dig site available for visiting. The opulence of the Catholic Church is very much on display, but I always admire looking and marveling at the architecture and construction. Well worth a visit. Only rated a 4 because the “Holy Grail” is so far away you can barely even see it.
Written April 3, 2022
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michael B
Brooklyn, NY58 contributions
This is a must see on any trip to Valencia . We came off a Celebrity Cruise and found the chapel in the Cathedral of Valencia . It wasn't highlighted in any tour information we saw. .
We found it to be very inspirational [as we are Christians ].The vocal guide provided when we entered [Cathedral has an entrance fee] gave a brief history as to how it came to be here. A religious experience I will treasure forever.
Written April 20, 2020
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada3,769 contributions
Three places in the world claim to possess the chalice from which Christ drank at the Last Supper, two of them oddly enough in Valencia. Apparently the best claim is this chalice. It is only the top part that is the actual chalice. By sheer coincidence some filming was going on in the Chapel so the rope keeping visitors back was down, allowing for a very close inspection. Is this the Holy Grail? It can apparently be dated from the 1st century AD. It has some Arabic script on it. For believers, faith says it is. For skeptics, there is no hard proof it is.
Written November 9, 2021
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Tamerlans007
Badalona, Spain1,804 contributions
Definetely the most interesting part of the cathedral visit. At the right side of the entrance there's the acces to this big chapel that shelted, suposely, the Holy Grail. Nobody knows if this cup is the real one but the archaeologists dated its manufacture of the 1st century AD, so, why not?
Written January 22, 2020
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Bob G
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Couples
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!
Written January 17, 2014
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hemedz
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They take full entrence price even though the museum is closed for renovations, and the price does not include the tower for which you have to pay more. Ofcourse novody tells you that until you get to the museum and to the tower. It doesn't even say so on the map you get after you paid. Every important church is free entrance and only a few euros for the tower- but this outrageous cathedral thinks it's worth more than the Notre Dam de Paris or the Duomo di Milano. Sad thing is, this theft is by a church.
Written December 6, 2014
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Anita L
Moscow, Russia32 contributions
Solo
This chapel/cathedral was lovely. I hired an audio guide and got a lot more history and information, definitely worth it and it's included in the price. I went around midday which I was worried it would be packed ... Happily - missed the crowds!
The holy grail was the last place to visit on the audio tour and was fun to imagine all the stories that came about from this legend. The audio history was very good and I would definitely not recommend you visit without taking the guide with you. I think it was £5 to get in .. Not very much considering the guide is included, take ID it is required. It can get very hot and stuffy, buy a cheap fan from down the road to keep you cool in the summer.
Written July 31, 2014
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PedroWorth
Ashford, UK616 contributions
The chapel is atmospheric and ancient and gives out a feeling of peace and tranquility. People who visit seem to sincerely believe that they are in the presence of what could be a truly important religious icon. Is it the true grail, no of course not, because that is not an object but a code of conduct for a kingly succession. But the chalice used at the last supper? Well the Catholic Church believe so, and historically the evidence of the chalice passing from the Vatican, via St. Lawrence to Spain, where it was hidden from the Moors in various monasteries, makes some sense. Anyway it's worth sitting here in the peace of this beautiful place and reflecting for a little while. Enjoy.
Pedroofpobla
Written March 1, 2013
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Virgil S
Barcelona, Spain595 contributions
Regardless of religious persuasion, and colored by Hollywood's interpretation, the story of the quest for The Holy Grail has existed for centuries. To finally stand in the presence of Christ's Cup was both humbling and inspiring, as it was in seeing the entire church and its historic treasures.
Written September 30, 2020
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