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This is the retable of the Capella del Sant Calze ("Chapel of the Holy Grail" in Catalan and Valencian), inside the Valencia Cathedral, which supposedly contains the Holy Grail. The chapel is a Gothic work of the 14th century, originally built as a chapter house separated from the cathedral. It was joined with the cathedral proper in 1496. The retable, built in alabaster in the mid 15th century, was originally in the choir of the cathedral and was moved to the chapel in 1777. The "Holy Grail" is made of carnelian and it was used regularly as a chalice until 1744, when it fell in the soil and it cracked. After that it was kept with other relics of the cathedral, until in 1916 it was finally put in the retable where it is now.

Independently of the fascination of the legendary origin of the chalice, the chapel and its retable is a really beautiful Gothic work, whose darkness makes the chalice stand out and contrasts with the clarity of the main naves of the cathedral.

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Additional Photos by Jose Pires (stego) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
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