Glastonbury Tor – One Of The Most Mysterious Sacred Places In England! On the mystical “Isle of Avalon”, is a truly iconic feature of the English county of Somerset. At 158 metres it rises high above the Avalon Marshes and can be seen from across the county and beyond. On its summit stands St Michael’s tower,
The Tor has been associated with the “Isle of Avalon”, and identified with King Arthur, since In 1191, monks at the abbey claimed to have found the graves of Arthur and Guinevere to the south of the Lady Chapel of the Abbey church, which was visited by a number of contemporary historians including Giraldus Cambrensis. The remains were later moved and were lost during the Reformation.
The sides of the Tor have seven deep, roughly symmetrical terraces, or lynchets. The remains of an ancient three-dimensional labyrinth spiraling around the hill seven times and ending at the summit.
There is an old well the so-called Chalice Well, at the foot of the Tor where the water, blood red from the iron oxide in the surrounding bedrock, bubbles up with a specific sound like the heartbeat.
Legend says the well was built by the Druids to hide the cup used during the Last Supper, the Holy Grail, which was filled with the blood of the crucified Christ and brought to England by Joseph of Arimathea.
Glastonbury Thorn (or Holy Thorn) tree that only grows within a few miles of Glastonbury, that flowers twice annually, once in spring and again around Christmas. Each year a sprig of thorn is cut, by the local Anglican vicar and the eldest child from St John's School, and sent to the Queen.
Today, Glastonbury Abbey presents itself as "traditionally the oldest above-ground Christian church in the World,"
A landscape zodiac (or terrestrial zodiac) is a map of the stars on a gigantic scale, a circle 10 miles across. The 12 zodiac signs appear in their right order, formed by hills, outlined by roads and rivers. formed by features in the landscape.
Druid Trees – Two beautifully gnarled Oak trees, named Gog and Magog after benevolent giants from English folklore, stand a mile from the Tor. They are believed to be over 2,000 years old, the last remaining trees from an ancient Oak grove used by Druids as a sacred sanctuary.