Glastonbury Tor, England

Glastonbury Tor, England


Glastonbury is a small town in Somerset, England, where a very important hill exists known as the Glastonbury Tor. On top of the Tor stands the remains of St. Michael’s Tower, with a strange system of terraces around its sides. These terraces are said to form an underground maze with magical symbolism.

There are many myths associated with Glastonbury that go back thousands of years to figures like Joseph of Arimathea and King Arthur . Myths about the Tor claim that it was a 'land of the dead', a portal, a magic mountain, and a glass hill among many others. Let us have a look at a few of the legends connected to this place.

One of the legends mentions that more than two thousand years ago, the Tor was in the middle of the sea, which later became a lake. The old name of the Tor, according to this legend, was the ‘ Island of Glass’ , known in Welsh as ‘Ynys Gutrin’. During the Roman Empire there are references mentioning the Tor as an island. Of course, the Tor is no longer an island since it is no longer surrounded by water.

Another Celtic legend attributes the name Avalon to the Tor, after the demigod Avallach of the underworld. The myths say that Avalon was a meeting place for the dead and that the Tor was the home of the Lord of the Underworld. King Arthur’s Excalibur and the sorceress Morgan le Fay are also connected to Avalon.

There is also a Christian legend which mentions that Joseph of Arimathea brought a young Jesus to Glastonbury Tor. When Joseph came to England, it is said that he established the first Church of England at Glastonbury. Indeed, according to archaeological studies, there may have been a very early Christian Church at Glastonbury . Another Christian legend claims the Holy Grail is buried in Glastonbury.

Glastonbury is immersed in extremely interesting mythology and fascinating legends, and is a very special place worth a visit.

Featured image: Glastonbury Tor by Andy Coleman

By April Holloway

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