The Cathedral of Valencia is a staple in the city's old history. It holds ancient artifacts and is a perfect representation of French Gothic architecture.
The Cathedral of Valencia is known as one of the major monuments of Valencia. It is located in the main centre, Plaza de la Virgen, next to the Virgen de los Desamparados Basilica.
The Cathedral of Valencia was commissioned by King Jaime I in honour of the Assumption of St. Mary in the Thirteenth Century and it was consecrated in 1238 by Bishop Fray Andrés de Albalat.
It was built where the old mosque of Balansiya was located, which had been built on the former Visigothic Cathedral. In 1492 it awarded the rank of Metropolitan Cathedral by Pope Innocent VIII at the request of Pope Alexander VI, who also brought some of the best Fifteenth Century paintings from Rome.
The Cathedral of Valencia meets a Mediterranean Gothic style. Through subsequent amendments and additions over time the cathedral earned an eclectic status of Baroque, Renaissance, Romanesque, Gothic and even French neoclassical.
Inside the church holds the Sacred Goblet that King Alfonso the Magnanimous gave to the cathedral in 1436. Equally important are the the dome (considered one of the wonders of French Gothic architecture in the Fourteenth century) and the bell tower of the Cathedral, known as ‘El Miguelete’ purely Valencian Gothic style.
The Cathedral of Valencia is one of the artistic and historic sights to see in Valencia
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