(PCM) Over the years there have been many legends surrounding the Holy Grail and the quest to locate the revered chalice. Finally, historians believe they may have located the Holy Grail in a small museum in Spain.
The legend of the Holy Grail is without a doubt one of the most complicated and lengthy quests featured in countless pieces of European art and literature. The Holy Grail is said to be the ornate chalice that was used during the Last Supper, as well as, being used to receive the blood of Christ during the Crucifixion. The Grail was brought to Britain by Joesph of Arimathea and it’s location has remained a mystery ever since.
The quest for the Holy Grail became popularized during the time of King Arthur and was the principle quest for knights to complete during that particular time period. The Holy Grail had many mystical and magical properties associated with it which can be traced back to early Celtic myths.
After the Middle Ages, stories about the mysterious Holy Grail did not begin resurfacing until the 19th century when many writers were once again enthralled by the legend behind the mysterious and mythical chalice. This fascination has carried forth until present day, when researchers and historians still continue the quest for the Holy Grail in hopes to unravels its’ many mysteries and legends.
Now, two historians have claimed that “without a doubt” they have finally located the Holy Grail and claim to have evidence to support their claim. The onyx chalice in question has been sitting in the Basilica of San Isidoro in Leon, north Spain, for 1000 years. It has been on display for visitors and is labeled as belonging to 11th century Queen Urraca.
In a book that features the research of Margarita Torres and Jose Ortiza, the pair claim that there is “no doubt” that the chalice in the museum is the very one that touched the lips of Jesus Christ. They claim that their research is supported by conclusive evidence found in Egyptian scrolls and the onyx vessel created between 200 BC and 100 AD is trapped inside the bejeweled chalice.
According to medieval documents written in Arabic, the chalice was stolen from Jerusalem by the Muslims and then gifted to a Christian community in Egypt. The chalice which was later hidden by the addition of ornate decorations was given as a gift yet again to King Fernando I of Castile as a show of thanks for sending aid to the region during a famine.
For years the chalice was kept in storage at the Basilica of San Isidoro until the museum opened up in the 1950′s and the chalice was put on display.
This is not the first time that a museum or church has claimed to have located the Holy Grail. The Saint Mary of Valencia Cathedral houses the Valencia Chalice, which many Christian believe to be the Holy Grail, as it was used as the official chalice for many popes over the years.
Do you think historians have finally found the mysterious Holy Grail or is this yet another replica?