Neslted on Plaza de la Reina, Valencia Cathedral (the Metropolitan Cathedral–Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady of Valencia / Església Catedral-Basílica Metropolitana de l’Assumpció de la Mare de Déu de València) is undoubtedly one of the most famous tourist attractions in the city! In addition to its rich architecture, the cathedral is also famous for housing the Holy Chalice, recognized by the Vatican as… the one and only Holy Grail!
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Want to learn more about Valencia’s history? To discover the city with a passionate tour guide, Captain Ulysses warmly recommends going on this free tour. You’re free to choose how much you wish to tip the tour guide at the end of the tour!
Want more info about Valencia’s top landmarks, activities & museums? Why don’t you check out the Captain’s detailed article on the best things to do in the city: Guide to Valencia.
Brief history of Valencia Cathedral
Built in the 13th century, following the Reconquista – the Christian reconquest – of Valencia, Valencia Cathedral stands on the exact site of an old mosque (which was itself built on the site of an old Visigothic cathedral).
The simplicity of the original building, Romanesque in style, testifies to the urgency with which the cathedral was built. The Church wanted to destroy the mosque, which represented Muslim domination in Valencia, to build in its stead a cathedral which would symbolize the return of Valencia into Christian hands.
Over the following centuries, Valencia Cathedral was transformed and enlarged countless times. This explains why the cathedral’s architectural style incorporates eclectic elements, ranging from Valencian Gothic to neo-classicism, Baroque or even the Renaissance style.
Visiting Valencia Cathedral
With its rich architecture and its long history, Valencia Cathedral will no doubt delight visitors exploring the city. Among the cathedral’s treasures, be sure to have a look at the Apostles’ Gate, the Palau Gate, the Holy Chalice, the frescoes by Paolo da San Leocadio and Francesco Pagano, as well as the Miguelete Tower and the Sacred Art Museum.
👉 The Apostles’ Gate: built in the 14th century, the Apostles’ Gate, baroque in style, is undoubtedly one of the cathedral’s highlights.
👉 the Palau Gate: Romanesque in style, the Palau Gate is the oldest gate in Valencia’s Cathedral.
👉 The Holy Chalice: housed in a chapel of the cathedral, this agate chalice decorated with Arabic inscriptions is said to be the one and only Holy Grail, from which Jesus and his twelve disciples drank during the Last Supper. According to legend, the chalice was hidden in a safe place by Saint Lawrence to prevent it from falling into the hands of the Roman Emperor Valerian, who was then persecuting Christians.
👉 The frescoes by Paolo da San Leocadio and Francesco Pagano: above the high altar, don’t miss the Renaissance frescoes attributed to the artists Paolo da San Leocadio and Francesco Pagano. These famous 15th century artworks represent twelve angels playing music.
👉 The Miguelete Tower (or Micalet ), the bell tower of the cathedral: built between the 14th and 15th centuries, the Miguelete Tower is a 50-meter high tower dominating the surroundings of the cathedral and offering a breathtaking view of Valencia. But be prepared: you’ll have to climb the 207 (steep) steps to reach the top of the tower.
👉 The Sacred Art Museum of Valencia Cathedral: the cathedral comprises a small museum exhibiting religious artworks including paintings by the famous Spanish artists Maella and Goya.
Getting to Valencia Cathedral
The nearest public transports are:
- Metro: Colón and Alameda stations / 10-15 minutes walk
- Bus: the closest stops are Encarnació – Guillem de Castro, Editor Manuel Aguilar – Guillem Sorolla, Avinguda Del Baró De Càrcer, Plaça de l’Ajuntament – Mercat Central – Llotja
Opening hours of Valencia Cathedral
Valencia Cathedral is open for visits from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. and on Sundays and public holidays from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. In April, May and September, the cathedral exceptionally closes at 5:30 p.m. on weekends.
The ticket office closes 45 minutes before the cathedral closes.
Entrance tickets for the cathedral are €8 full price and €5.50 reduced price (children under 12, pensioners and visitors with disabilities)
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👉 Looking for tips & recommendations? Here are all the Captain’s suggestions!
🛏️ Accommodation: to book your accommodation in Valence, Captain Ulysses warmly recommends Booking.com. From budget youth hostels to luxury boutique hotels, there’s plenty to choose from. The Captain recommends:
– affordable options: Quart Youth Hostel or Hôme Youth Hostel Valencia
– mid-range options: Esplai Valencia Bed and Breakfast , 7 Moons or Casa del Patriarca
– luxurious options: Vincci Mercat , Caro Hotel or Westin Valencia
🎫 Citypass: if you’re planning on staying in Valencia for several days, yoy should definitely consider investing in the Valencia Tourist Card. This citypass includes access to public transport (including to get to the airport), free admission to public museums, as well as many discounts or a selection of museums, attractions, shops and restaurants in the city.
🚐 Transfers: if you want to avoid taking public transport or queuing for a taxi at the airport, you can book a car transfer to your hotel or accommodation in advance.
🚌 Local transport: local public transport is relatively convenient and easy to navigate. If you decide to invest in the Valencia Tourist Card, access to public transport is included. You can also opt for a hop-on hop-off bus tour which stops at all the top tourist attractions in Valencia. If you’d rather be active, why not rent a bike?
If you’re just stopping off in Valencia and planning to explore other parts of Spain, Captain Ulysses recommends renting a car. To find the best offer, the Captain warmly recommends Rentalcars.
📍Tours: if you don’t want to organize your holidays in Spain yourself, Captain Ulysses recommends Evaneos. The first specializes in organizing tailor-made trips in partnership with local specialists, the second is perfect for sports and hiking enthusiasts.
✈️ Flights: to book your flights to Valence, Captain Ulysse warmly recommends Skyscanner. You’ll be able to compare countless offers to find the best deal. If your dates are flexible, you can also compare prices over several months to find the cheapest flights possible.