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Most important of all is Valencia’s Caterdral, which is mainly built in an early gothic style, although other parts were restructured and added in later years. This emblematic Cathedral was built between the 13th and 15th century, after the Christian re-conquest of the city from the Moors, and is a masterpiece of early Gothic architecture.  The Capilla del Santo Caliz is home to what is claimed to be the Holy Grail, or chalice, that was passed around during Christ’s Last Supper. One of the 3 main portal is Romanesque, the second is gothic and the third one is  baroque . Its main chapel, the Capilla Mayor, was built in the  baroque style, and it also has two neoclassical lateral chapels.

Taking its name from the largest bell, the Miguel, its construction dates back to 1381. Its bells used to sound to co-ordinate the irrigation channels that flowed through the Turia river,  and this is one of Valencia’s most symbolic monuments.  If you visit the Cathedral, it’s well worth climbing the 207 steps  to the top of the tower for an incredible panoramic view that encompasses the whole city, from the sea to the distant mountains. The Capitulary holds a very important relic of the church, the Holy Chalice that Jesus Christ and his Apostles drank from during the Last Supper.

The Church of Santa Caitalina on the Plaza Redonda (Calle Zapateria)  has one of the most impressive interiors, largely due to the stark simplicity and powerful minimalist architecture.  It was badly destroyed during the spanish civil war, but renovations have returned it to its former state. 


 Iglesia del Carmen The Santa Cruz church in Valencia's popular Carmen district was once a primitive Gothic church with a cloister that formed part of a Carmelite Convent,  founded in 1281. The Carmen Centre cultural institution belonging to Valencia's Museum of Fine Arts, has its domicile in the antique cloister.

Remember that it's not permitted to enter a church dressed up with shorts, excessively short skirts and sleeveless tops.  Bring a shirt or shawl to cover your shoulders if you're sightseeing on one of Valencia's blisteringly hot days! 

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