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Located on the Camino Frances when entering Galicia from Leon, O’Cebreiro is not a stop to miss or bypass.  Home of one the two holy grails, both of which are located in Spain, the Holy Grail of O’Cebreiro is housed at the Preromanesque Church which is the second oldest remaining one along the Camino.  Due to it’s high elevation, the village of O’Cebreiro is often lost in the heavy mountain mist.  The bell of the Church will always ring whenever there is a heavy mist to serve as a beacon for pilgrims trekking the Camino.

The Holy Grail itself is visibly displayed at the Church and can be observed from up close.  Pilgrims can also get their passports stamped at the same location.  The Holy Grail of O’Cebreiro is not the same as referred to the one used by Christ during the Last Supper but was a Chalice used by the village priest during the 14th century while conducting a mass with the bread and wine turning into flesh and blood.  The miracle was certified by the then Pope Innocent VIII and also acknowledged by Isabel la Catolica while on pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.  The other Holy Grail used by Christ during the Last Supper was at one time housed at the Monastery Fort of San Juan de la Pena at Jaca and later relocated to the Cathedral of Valencia during the 14th Century and has remained there since.

17053 O Cebreiro (Lugo) 14-07-2008