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a Historic Building in the town of Glastonbury, in the county of Somerset

About Glastonbury Tor

Swirling mists rise over the Somerset Levels, where approaching the town of Glastonbury, suddenly above the mist you catch a glimpse of Glastonbury Tor, an ancient place of pilgrimage which has for centuries been a source of mystery and legends.

Of the legends, two important ones concern Joseph of Arimathea, and King Arthur. Joseph, is said to have come from the Holy Land bringing with him - the Holy Grail - the cup used by Christ at the Last Supper. The cup is supposedly buried on Tor Hill. King Arthur's body is reputed to have been brought to Glastonbury for burial after being slain by Mordred or Medrault, his illegitimate son. Thus, ending his invincibility.

Glastonbury Tor is claimed to be the legendry Avalon, seat of the Knights of the Round Table. Other Glastonbury traditions include Arthur receiving the Excalibur sword from the Lady of the Lake at Mere Pool.

In Glastonbury Arthurian legends are kept alive, and from almost every shop you can buy present-day memorabilia of this mysterious magical time. Even in the Palace of Westminster there are said to be Arthurian paintings in the Queen's robing room!

Whatever you choose to believe, the climb up Glastonbury Tor is well worth the effort. From the top there are magnificent views in all directions, and if on descent your spirits feel uplifted and your heart a little lighter, then that too is part of the magic and mystery of historic Glastonbury Tor.

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