València celebrates the Jubilee Year of the Holy Chalice
Sometimes great treasures are kept where you least expect them. The Chapel of the Holy Chalice in València Cathedral is one such place. Since 1916, it has displayed the cup that has generated the most legends, artistic and literary works; and one of the most admired and acclaimed relics by the Catholic Church: the Holy Grail, guarded since 1437 in the reconditorium of the Valencian Cathedral. Until its arrival at the Royal Palace of València in 1424 by King Alfonso the Magnanimous, the venerated piece had been changing hands and residence over the centuries in what is an interesting pilgrimage route.
Archaeological, documental and historical data on the journey made by this relic to the Cathedral of Valencia indicate that it is the vessel used by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper. Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI officiated masses with the Holy Chalice of the Cathedral in their respective visits to València in 1982 and 2006.
In 2015, Pope Francis granted València the celebration of the Jubilee Holy Year, which will be repeated every five years in the city of Turia, making it one of the holy cities of the world. On the last Thursday of October 2020, the second Jubilee Year of the Holy Chalice will begin and València will welcome all those pilgrims who wish to obtain the plenary indulgence in its Cathedral.