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Glastonbury Tor

Glastonbury Tor

  1. Glastonbury Festival is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world.
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  2. Glastonbury Abbey is connected with legend to a degree that is unparalleled by any other abbey in England. Since Medieval times it has held legendary status as the earliest Christian foundation in Britain linked to Joseph of Arimathea and the burial place of King Arthur.
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  3. The Chalice Well
    Historical well with legends in Glastonbury, Somerset.Chalice Well at the foot of Glastonbury Tor.
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  4. The 2017 Extravaganza will feature the Black Dyke Band with a top contemporary act to be announced soon. The Yorkshire-based brass band is the most recorded in the world with more than 350 recordings and has won the European Brass Band Championships 13 times, the British Open Brass Band Championships 30 times and the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain 23 times.
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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 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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