“The gods know what’s important, what’s wrong about you. They know everything. If you go out searching for the Holy Grail, they won’t let you find it.”
―Tom Spanbauer, In the City of Shy Hunters
The lure of the Holy Grail never quite ceased, whether you attribute it to the first of the many myths written more than 8 centuries ago, Arthurian literature, pop culture epics or wild conspiracy theories. And, the most amazing aspect is that no one knows what it really is. It is because there is no agreement to the same. So, this pious object has been described as a dish, chalice, bowl, silver basin or even a vessel.
Amidst a plethora of definitions, the two which were more renowned than others, included:
- The cup which is used to collect blood and sweat during the Crucifixion of Christ.
- The Holy Chalice used to serve wine at the Last Supper.
Undoubtedly, there have been and will always be people who search for the Holy Grail. So, here are the 6 halts which guide you in the search:
1. Holy Chalice of Valencia Chapel, Spain
On the display is a primitive relic that can be one most likely contender for the Holy Grail. It is kept in the golden chapel and well secured behind a glass. The cup at the top describes the pious part. In accordance with the theory, it is the Holy cup used at the Last Supper of Christ. From here, it was taken to Rome by Saint Peter. This was followed by the Vatican soldier taking it to Spain. In Spain it was nestled in a Gothic cathedral of Valencia.
2. Monastery of San Juan de la Peña, Spain
Before the cup could reach Valencia; it had a stop at the old monastery of San Juan de la Peña. In accordance with the story, the Roman soldier who had the Holy Chalice took it to Spain. After that the cup was hidden in a monastery so that it could be protected from an invasion.
3. Chalice Well at Glastonbury, England
There is also this legend, that Joseph of Arimathea, the disciple, had collected the blood and sweat of Christ on the cross, prior to burying him in Joseph’s own tomb. The tale further goes that Joseph concealed the grail at Chalice Well. Chalice well is an ancient spring at the base of Glastonbury Tor. In fact, people believe, that the red color of the water that flows from this well is either the blood of Christ or the rusty iron nails which were used for the Crucifixion.
4. Montségur castle, France
There has also been a lot of talk pertaining to the so called mystical Grail castle. And, one castle which very much resembles the features is that at Montségur. It is in France. The castle is a site of a former 13th century castle which was also the center of the Cathar Church. And, it is believed that it was the abode of many numbers of treasures including the Holy Grail.
5. Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland
There is the mystical story that Knights Templar had managed to hide the Holy Grail under the Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland. And, ‘The Da Vinci Code’ -Novel by Dan Brown, somehow revived this myth.
6. Western Wall Tunnel, Israel
It is one of those primitive tunnels, which was fabricated more than 2,000 years ago. It was made back then to provide support to the height of the Western Wall which surrounded the Temple on the Mount. It has been unearthed recently and archaeologists are continuously excavating it. There are many who believe that the Ark of the Covenant and may be the Holy Grail too is hidden beneath the Temple Mount.
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