Cathedral of Valencia : La Seu/Catedral
The Cathedral of Valencia (locally known as the “Seu”) is situated in Valencia Old Town in Plaza de la Reina and Plaza de la Virgin (where you will also find the Basilica of the Virgin de los Desmparados).
The Cathedral has the oldest museum in the city (Sala Capitular) which contains the Holy Chalice of Valencia. This is the official chalice used by Christ on the last supper – the very sacred Holy Grail.
Jubilee Year of the Holy Grail
For the first time the Jubilee Year of the Holy Grail will be held in Valencia. It will be held on the last Thursday in October in the Chapel of the Holy Grail.
The Cathedral of Valencia will become a center of pilgramage to commemorate the celebration. ‘The Paths of the Grail’ (Los Caminos del Grail) exhibition, will be held next to the cathedral in the halls of the 14th century Almudín Building until June 2016.
The exhibition traces the long and epic pilgrimage of the Holy Grail before its arrival in Valencia in the 1400s.
Cathedral of Valencia
Entrance to the Cathedral is free if don’t want the complete tour. Just walk to the left of the entrance and you can see the inside the cathedral. For the main tour take the right entrance.
The fee is €5 (concessions for large groups, students etc) and includes an audio tour of the interior, including the Holy Grail.
Times : 7.30 to 13.00 and 16.30 to 20.30
Plaza de la Reina is surrounded by restaurants and cafes and you can enjoy a delicious ice-cream, pastry or drink on the terrace of Bertal’s ice cream parlor opposite the Cathedral . Inside the shop is a very large and lovely painting of the old Tribunal de Las Aguas.
Apostles Door (Puerto de los Apostolès) in Plaza de la Virgin.
This is where the Tribunal de Las Aguas (Water Tribunal) is held every Thursday at 12.00 .
Local farmers are dressed in traditional clothes and they meet to solve their irrigation problems.
This is done in the very same way as it was done over a thousand years ago.
El Micalet is the beautiful bell-tower which is attached to the Cathedral.
If you can climb the 207 steps inside El Micalet, you’ll be rewarded with fantastic views of Valencia.
El Micalet 2€
Times: 10.00 to 13.00 -and 16.30 to 19.00
Cathedral of Valencia ~ Christmas Nativity (Belén)
If you visit Valencia during Christmas, the Belén (Crib) at the Cathedral is definitely a must to visit.
Monday – Friday: 10am to 1.30pm & 5pm to 8.30pm
Sundays & holidays 11am to 1.30pm & 6pm to 8.30pm.
Valencia Old Town Accommodation
Where To Stay …
The Ad Hoc Monumental Hotel is a boutique hotel located in a 19th-century building in the historic center of the old town and includes Free WiFi and breakfast made with local produce.