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Exit to the Almoina Door

click here to enlarge this imageIt was built in 1262 (at the start of the construction of the Cathedral) in a Romanesque style, typical of the high lands of Aragon and Catalonia.

Six couples can be seen on the cornice, important people from the period of the Christian repopulation after the conquest of the Kingdom of Valencia (occupied by Muslims) by King James I in 1238. Their names are on consoles with remains of polychrome.

The archivolts have a rich Mudejar decoration. The sacred history from the Creation up to Moses is represented on the capitals.

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Martyrdom of St. Vincent, oil painting on canvas
by JosÚ Vergara who gave it away to the Cathedral in 1790.

St. Vincent, deacon of Saragossa, was martyred in Valencia in 304, under Diocletian's persecution. He is the patron saint of Valencia and its Archdiocese. His feast day is on 22 January.

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Martyrdom of St. Erasmus, oil painting on canvas by the Valencian JosÚ Vergara, who gave it away to the Cathedral in 1790 for he was born on the same day as the saint's feast day. On the other side of the door is the Martyrdom of St. Vincent.

St. Erasmus was bishop of Antioch in Syria.
He was martyred in the persecution by Diocletian at the beginning of the 4th century. His feast day is on 2 June.

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