Holy Grail Route
This transnational route, based on the Holy Grail Route European Cultural Heritage Project, takes us back to our millennial past so we can better learn about our cultural history. In this case, it is based on the tradition of the Holy Grail, from Jesus’ Last Supper. The Grail is the most important relic known. It was at the forefront of The Crusades, the secret of the Knights Templar, and inspired legends such as King Arthur and Parsifal. Film, literature, music and painting have portrayed the legend of this cup. It began its journey in Jerusalem, and was then worshipped in 3rd-century Rome until, besieged by Christian persecution, Saint Lawrence of Rome ordered it to be transferred to the Iberian Peninsula, to the lands of Aragon. It ended its journey in the Cathedral of Valencia, with Alfonso V the Magnanimous in 1432. This long voyage, rife with vicissitudes, fights, traditions and intrigue, gave shape to the myth of the Grail: one of Europe’s most important spiritual legacies. A legacy we now invite you to discover.
First figure on the Holy Grail Route as it enters the Region of Valencia. Situated in Barracas, this sculpture entitled "Alfonso el Magnánimo trae el Grial a la Comunitat Valenciana" (Alphonse the Magnanimous brings the Grail to the Region of Valencia) is part of the "Obra Conmemorativa Ruta del Grial" (Holy Grail Route Commemorative Works) project by the artist Antonio Peris Carbonell.
The visit by acclaimed Chinese pianist Lang Lang, who came to Valencia as a guest of Turisme Comunitat Valenciana. He had the opportunity to tour the city and visit its most iconic heritage and cultural attractions, including the chapel of the Holy Grail in Valencia Cathedral.
The kitchen at the convent at Santo Espíritu (Gilet) has an unusual cook, none other than Padre Ángel. Every day, Fray Ángel cooks whatever he finds in the market, which is where he decides on his menus. He makes everything on the menu himself, including bread and desserts. His home cooked stews, using tried and trusted old recipes, are simple and tasty.