The historical origins of Christianity in the ancient Britannia are completely mixed up with the legend that points out Joseph of Arimathea as the main character. He was the rich Jewish who donated his tomb to Jesus after his Crucifixion. The legendary episode shows us Joseph arriving from a remote place, Palestine, and carrying the Holy Grail to this land.

Text: Jaume Cluet/Josep Mª Roselló
Pictures: Josep Mª Roselló

Glastonbury, also called Glastonia in Welsh texts, belongs to the category of that places spread around the world in which history and myth are mixed up to create an atmosphere of mystery but also of spirituality. It is located in South West England, in the vicinity of Bristol Channel. It is a small enclave of Somerset County.

Among the legends stand out the pleasant Avalon, the mythical Seven Islands, the alleged tombs of King Arthur and his wife Queen Guinevere and, of course, the Round Table made up of a large, well-known Grail saga. However, among these scenes we cannot forget the significant role of Joseph of Arimathea, Glastonbury Tor and the remains of its ancient abbey, which is a place of endless pilgrimage.

All these different elements gather together in this British small town that today does not exceed 8,000 inhabitants. Many centuries before the Christian era, the sea covered this county and the waters reached the foot of the famous hill (Glastonbury Tor). The territory was a swampy area, where the Celts founded a primitive lake settlement known as Avalon. The name was given in honour of its demigod Avalloc or Gwyn ap Nudd, who was the guardian of the invisible world.

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