25 March, 2016

Pilgrimage To Glastonbury Tor

Glastonbury Tor

We were in Glastonbury last week and went to the top of Glastonbury Tor. Quite a climb but wonderful views from the top - where it's possible to see three counties - Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire - if the weather permits.

Climbing up Glastonbury Tor

The Tor is seen as a sacred pilgrimage by many, and there are legends attached to the area ranging from King Arthur and Avalon and to those who believe the Holy Grail is buried somewhere on the Tor.

St Michael's Tower, Glastonbury Tor

The word Tor has a Celtic origin meaning hill. The conical shape of the Tor is natural - due to it's rocks. It is made up of horizontal bands of clays and limestone with a cap of hard sandstone.

Inside St Michael's Tower, Glastonbury Tor

The Tor has been a place of pilgrimage for over 10,000 years. On the summit is St Michael's Tower, part of a 14th century church which had been destroyed by an earthquake in 1275.

Looking through the door of St Michael's Tower Glastonbury Tor

The second church lasted until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539. At this time the Tor was the scene of the hanging of Richard Whiting the last Abbot of Glastonbury.

View from top of Glastonbury Tor
View from top of Glastonbury Tor
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2 comments:

  1. Wow, these photos are just fabulous!! Definitely worth the climb!

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    1. It was very windy at the top but luckily the wind made the surroundings quite clear. We enjoyed the visit!

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