Every city in Spain has dozens – if not hundreds – of churches, almost all of which are Catholic, and Valencia is no different. Valencia’s largest cathedral – Saint Mary’s Cathedral – is situated in the center of the old part of the city. Like most cathedrals, it is grand and ornate, but what makes it unique is the three different architectural styles used to design and build the cathedral, which gives locals and visitors a glimpse into the history of Saint Mary’s and Valencia as a whole.
Saint Mary’s Cathedral is also home to the one and only true Holy Grail, a fact supported by scientific carbon dating back to 100 BC. Religious artwork from the likes of Goya and artifacts – including the right arm of Valencia’s patron saint, Saint Vincent the Martyr from the fourth century – fill the 29 private chapels within the cathedral.
We will guide your through some of the city’s other fascinating churches, including the Basilica of the Virgen del los Desemperados, the most revered church for Valencians and one with a rich history of the worship of the Virgin. We will also take you to the Gothic-style Church of San Nicolás – which has only recently re-opened after restoration, featuring a gothic exterior and an ornate, baroque interior façade – and the smaller, more intimate Church of Santa Catalina. Depending on your preferences, you may also be interested in the sweeping views of the city from two different church towers, both of which require climbing stairs.