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The opening of the London Olympics in 2012 clearly demonstrated Glastonbury’s special significance as part of Britain's National heritage and identity.
The opening of the London Olympics in 2012 clearly demonstrated Glastonbury’s special significance as part of Britain's National heritage and identity. The Tor is a National Icon; the Abbey a National Treasure. Myths and legends connect Glastonbury to King Arthur and Guinevere, the Lady of the Lake, Excalibur, Merlin, and even to the mystical Isle of Avalon itself – where the sleeping Arthur waits to be reawakened.
Add to this St. Patrick, St. Brigit, St. David, St. Margaret, and the illustrious Dunstan – ‘catching the Devil by the nose’; the Landscape Zodiac, Chalice Well, the White Spring, ‘the holyest erthe in Englande’, William Blake’s Jerusalem, IESUS MARIA, and mysterious, ancient journeys from the ‘Holy Land’… It’s hard to deny Glastonbury is unique.
Of course – for many – Glastonbury’s special significance is amplified by the mid-summer ‘Glastonbury Festival’; its Biblical scale tented city appearing – out of nowhere – as a literal Brigadoon; where time bends and a whole month’s worth of fantasy is packed into a few days… until the festival goers return to the ‘real’ world for another year.
As if all this were not enough, there’s the Abbey’s mysterious founding in the Wattle Church, Glastonbury’s connection with Joseph of Arimathea, the Holy Thorn, and – of course – the Holy Grail!
Quite rightly, for all these reasons, Glastonbury is known worldwide; and its unique cultural and spiritual heritage has even attracted the attention of the EU’s Enterprise and Industry Directorate General, as they seek to develop and promote a new pan-European spiritual and cultural tourism route, a modern-day pilgrim’s way, based on the legend of the Holy Grail, which crosses Bulgaria, Crete, Greece, Malta, Spain, and France, before arriving on our shores; culminating at the ultimate focus for all the strands of the Grail’s story: Glastonbury. In the words of the Holy Grail project team leader Professor Paul Fidgeon: “Glastonbury is the Mega-Node!”
At the height of the Abbey’s fame, mediaeval Glastonbury was second only to Rome. Glastonbury was actually known as “the Second Rome”; Roma Secunda. Glastonbury was recognised as a spiritual centre of worldwide importance and significance in the past. Today, Glastonbury still flourishes as a unique visitor destination… Who knows? Perhaps the quest for the Grail ends here after all? “May Glastonbury Flourish!”
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