Located within the opulent Orlesian capital of Val Royeaux, the Grand Cathedral is the centre of Chantry strength in all Thedas, and houses the figurehead of the religion, the Maker-anointed Divine. In the Grand Cathedral, the Chant of Light is sung in full, a process which takes a full two weeks to complete.
About 15 years before the Divine Age, the followers of the Cults of the Maker began building a temple dedicated to their god, as the new religion spread quickly in the Kingdom of Ciriane, also known as Orlais. About ten years later in 1192 TE Orlais becomes The Empire of Orlais, and its king, Kordilius Drakon, becomes the emperor as he conquers many lands which he then converts to his own religion. Drakon establishes Cults of the Maker as the main religion of the country, and founds Chantry. Since then the temple serves as centre of the Chantry.
- The Grand Cathedral is based on St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square located in Vatican City, the seat of the pope.