The road of the Holy Grial in the Valencian Community: oral tradition, intangible aspects and cultural tourism

Ana Mafé García

Abstract


Since 2002, a road linking the towns of San Juan de la Peña in Aragón with the city of Valencia in the Valencian Community has taken shape. This route has been called the Holy Grail Route and the Valencian Agency of Tourism along with the Cultural Association of the Route of the Holy Grail, is rediscovering a new and exciting grail territory.

It is the construction of a tourist story that includes oral traditions, history, art, rituals and endless knowledge linked to what in the Middle Ages became known as the "search for the Grail."

The aim of this article is to present the significance of the oral tradition received from an object guarded in the Cathedral of Valencia for more than five centuries. To present its history and to verify how a tangible patrimonial resource, the Holy Chalice, is based on an intangible oral narrative, that allow to establish a path, a new route of knowledge from San Juan de la Peña to València.

It begins with a dissertation on the importance of intangible heritage in tourism. After presenting briefly the tradition of the history of the object, we expose the methodology of work that focuses on reviewing the documentary sources that exist on this young route.

The conclusions section will close our investigation where we explained that València, Grail Territory, could offer a new tourist experience for the intrepid visitor who wants to know and look again the Grail, full intangible wealth. 


Keywords


Holy Grail Route, València, intangible heritage, tourism resource, cultural tourism

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