Chapel of the Holy Grail – Valencia, Spain

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It was time to board the train from Madrid to Valencia.

The anticipation was great, as we were going to visit The Chapel of The Holy Grail, something I had been looking forward to on this trip.  I could hear the music from the Indiana Jones movies playing in my head, as the train was zipping through the countryside of Spain.

We arrived at  Estacio del Nord in Valencia and began our quest for the Holy Grail

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First a bit about this special city;  Valencia was founded as a Roman colony in 138 BC.

The city is situated on the banks of the Turia river, on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula,  fronting the Gulf of Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea.

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Major monuments include Valencia Cathedral

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 the Torres de Serranos,

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the Torres de Quart,

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the Llotja de la Seda  declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996

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and the City of Arts and Sciences,  an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela

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The Museu de Belles Arts de València houses a large collection of paintings from the 14th to the 18th centuries, including works by Velázquez, El Greco, and Goya, as well as an important series of engravings by Piranesi

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The Metropolitan Cathedral–Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady of Valencia  was consecrated in 1238 by the first bishop of Valencia after the Reconquista, Pere d’Albalat, Archbishop of Tarragona, and was dedicated by order of James I the Conqueror to Saint Mary. It was built over the site of the former Visigothic cathedral, which under the Moors had been turned into a mosque

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The cathedral contains numerous 15th century paintings, some by local artists (such as Jacomart), others by artists from Rome engaged by the Valencian Pope Alexander VI

who, when still a cardinal, made the request to elevate the Valencian See to the rank of metropolitan see, a category granted by Pope Innocent VIII in 1492

Here are a couple by Goya….

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On our way to find the Chapel of the Holy Grail we stumble upon a mummified arm in a glass case…….yikes!

Turns out it is that of Saint Vincent, the Patron Saint of  Valencia.

Tthe story of Saint Vincent the Martyr begins (ends) when they tried to burn him but his body wouldn’t burn so they tied 4 horses to each of his limbs, whipped the horses and let them run, tearing him apart in the middle of the city, so today one of his arms rests in the Cathedral.

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Okay, past the arm and ……..hello …….tombs…

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Okay, move on,  it is time to find the Holy Chalice the most revered in the world right here in one of this cathedral’s chapels;  this chalice has been defended as the true Holy Grail

………and there it is!  The Chapel is filled with the smell of incense that has been burning for hundreds of years…..

Most Christian historians all over the world declare that all their evidence points to this Valencian chalice as the most likely candidate for being the authentic cup used at the Last Supper

It was the official papal chalice for many popes, and has been used by many others, most recently by Pope Benedict XVI, on July 9, 2006

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 This chalice dates from the 1st century, and was given to the cathedral by king Alfonso V of Aragon in 1436.

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It was quite exciting to be in this place and be in the presence of this acclaimed artifact (by now the music score from the Indiana Jones Movies was BLARING inside my head)…..time to move on..

We visited the rest of the Cathedral, which was quite beautiful and filled with amazing artifacts…

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……wow that was a most exciting and interesting visit…now off to explore the city….

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We found Valencia to be incredibly clean and well kept.  The people were so helpful and friendly!

We had heard about Canela, a most well respected and sought after restaurant….

We arrived when the owner was closing and locking the door…………..NO, please let us in, please……guess what …….. he said yes!!

We went upstairs and the art was amazing…

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The meal was the BEST of our entire lifetimes!  A seven course delight…

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the final course ….. Paella con Arroz Negro…..Paella with rice made with squid ink

Over the Top AMAZING

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If you are ever near Vallence….you MUST eat at Canela

But you know the Tin Man………it is now time to search out the sweets Valencia is known for …….CHOCOLATE

We found it at Valor, known for their outstanding Chocolates….right on the Plaza de la Reyna…

Of course we  had the Chocolate Flight with Churros…..

What experiences and delights we enjoyed in beautiful Valencia….but now it is time to move on…until next time…Adios

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21 responses »

  1. This post has it all! The arm was scary but I scrolled forward to see the Holy Grail and hoped it would end with a marvelous meal. You did not disappoint, Tin Man. Thank you for taking us along on the fantastic visit to Valencia. Was that a faux Tin Man at the end?

  2. I saw the hat and the whip. I heard the music. My heart with beating fast with the excitement.. My breath was short. I was part of the journey to find The Holy Grail! Such excitement. The ancient relics. The art of Goya The architecture. Oh .. the beautiful buildings. Valencia filled my mind and soul and T.M. took me on the journey. V.

  3. What an incredible day from beginning to end. I can’t believe that the owner opened the restaurant and created such a wonderful meal for you. Lucky, lucky you!

    • Thank you Karen. Yes it was amazing….it was actually 4 days; however, I tend to write novels rather than blog posts so I condensed the trip. I, too, was floored when the owner opened the restaurant for us. The meal was the best of our lifetimes……so far.

      • I’m glad you said “so far” as we are always looking for the meal to top the best one we have enjoyed.

  4. How long did you stay in Spain? The photos are awesome! That restaurant looked amazing. I wonder if children are welcome. What do you think? B’s pretty good and has sat through 4 courses in France. Not sure she could swing 7 though.

  5. I just book marked this post because I’m going to Valencia next month. I’m so looking forward to it. I have done now planning but lucky for me I follow your blog and you have found some nice places to eat (always good to plan for these things)! Also, the buildings and museums look beautiful. Great pics, you seem to have captured the spirit of Valencia!

  6. What a fabulous looking city – I’m sold. I think I’ll give the mummified arm a miss though! I do hope you didn’t get too carried away with the Indiana Jones theme – no jumping over the top of the train carriages or anything?! 🙂

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  8. Most striking pic for me: the Valencia Museum. Huzzah!! Huzzah!! Sleek and svelte architecture. I see u committed another criminal
    Offense with yr camera… Uh huh. Wonderful/ fab posting.

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