19 April 2008

The Cathedral in Valencia

After our picnic from the Mercado Central I decided to take a look at the Cathedral of Santa Maria, but as my family didn't share my enthusiasm for old churches I left them relaxing in the Plaza de la Virgin while I took a look.

The entrance cost €4 including an audio-guide, although you can go in the left hand side of the door and have a brief look from the lobby without paying. The cathedral is richly decorated and there are many beautiful side chapels which the audio-guide will tell you about, including one containing the preserved arm of San Vincente the martyr.

On the far right is a statue of Our Lady of the Choir surrounded by fresh flowers. Mothers-to-be come here to pray in front of the statue for a safe delivery and then walk around the church nine times, in memory of the nine months that Our Lady was carrying Jesus.

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