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Glastonbury Tor is well known the world over as one of Europe’s most important historical and spiritual sites. Its Pagan past is still very much part of life in Glastonbury and this magical place really is a sight to behold.
Many people are taken aback by the beauty of this prominent hill. The Tor overlooks the Isle of Avalon, Glastonbury and Somerset. It is easy to imagine that King Arthur and his knights of the round table really did visit this place.
The distinctive conical shape of the Tor is natural and it was once an island when thousands of years ago this area was covered in water. What is not natural is the ‘terracing’ or ledges which are visible all around the hillside. These were thought to have been added during the Neolithic period. That’s around the same time as Stonehenge’s construction.
At the very top of the Tor you will find a ruined church. Not much remains of it now but there were actually two churches built here.
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One church was built in the 10th or 11th century which was destroyed in an earthquake. A second smaller church was built in 1323 and destroyed in 1539 at the same time as Glastonbury Abbey. This was due to the dissolution of the monasteries.
The Tor is mentioned frequently in Celtic Mythology. King Arthur features heavily in many of the stories told which are based on his quest for the Holy Grail.
Some say that the Holy Grail is buried within the Tor while yet others maintain that Arthur himself lies within the hillside. Whatever the truth of these legends, the Tor is certainly an enigmatic place. It is one with a special sort of magic about it which can be experienced by anyone who visits.