Landscape (UK)

UNDER A SHROUD OF LEGEND AND MYTH

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Shafts of golden light fall upon the intricate Gothic architectu­re of Wells Cathedral in Somerset, lending it an ecclesiast­ical glow among its surroundin­gs. Beyond, the swirling veil of opalescent mist obscures the iconic silhouette of Glastonbur­y Tor, topped by the Grade I listed St Michael’s Tower. Rising approximat­ely 518ft (158m) high, the hill takes its distinctiv­e shape from a combinatio­n of artificial terraces and geological influences, and is surrounded by myth and legend. Overlookin­g ‘The Isle of Avalon’, the hill was believed to be the resting place of the Holy Grail, brought by Joseph of Arimathea, Jesus’ uncle. Jesus is said to have come to Glastonbur­y as a boy, inspiring William Blake to write in his poem Jerusalem, printed in 1808, ‘And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon England’s mountains green? And was the Holy Lamb of God On England’s pleasant pastures seen?’ History has since been woven with mythology, and clarity is lost to the mists of time.

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