It stands as a symbol of faith and culture for many locals and visitors alike. The structure was built between the 13th and 15th centuries, making it one of the oldest cathedrals in Europe.
The cathedral contains two distinct styles: Gothic and Baroque. The main façade has a large rose window surrounded by elaborate sculptures depicting saints, angels, kings, queens, bishops, and other religious figures from medieval times. Inside you can find some remarkable works of art such as paintings from renowned Spanish painters like Francisco de Goya or Bartolomé Esteban Murillo; altarpieces by Juan de Juanes; an impressive organ made with gold-plated pipes; several chapels dedicated to different saints; and even a museum showcasing rare artefacts related to the history of this building.
One interesting fact about this cathedral is that it houses the Holy Grail—the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper—which was brought here during the Reconquista (Reconquest) period after being taken away from Jerusalem in 1238 AD by King James I’s troops. Every year on Good Friday, thousands gather around its Plaza de la Virgen square to witness its procession through town led by members dressed up as knights who carry this relic on their shoulders while chanting hymns along with other believers paying homage to Jesus Christ’s suffering before his death on Calvary Hill.
Another important feature found within its walls is El Miguelete bell tower, which offers stunning views over all Valencia, since it reaches more than 50 meters high (164 feet). This tower also serves as a watchtower due to its strategic location near river Turia where enemies could have entered into town during wars throughout history, so people living close would sound alarm bells when needed, thus protecting their beloved city from foreign invaders until today.