Legends Behind the Search for the Coveted Christian Grail
Legends Behind the Search for the Coveted Christian Grail

Legends Behind the Search for the Coveted Christian Grail

Trista - December 9, 2018

Legends Behind the Search for the Coveted Christian Grail
Glastonbury Mound. Wikimedia Commons.

3. Many Grail Hunters Think the Chalice is in Glastonbury

Glastonbury, now widely believed to be the legendary site of Avon where King Arthur was buried, was also where the Joseph of Arimathea legend says that the pre-eminent Jew arrived in England. One long-held belief is that when Joseph came there, he set his staff on the ground. It immediately budded into the tree that is now known as the Glastonbury Thorn; the descendants of this original tree bloom every year at Christmas, and a bough from the tree is given to the queen as part of the Christmas celebration. One favorite Medieval story suggested that Joseph had been buried there, as well.

As such, many grail enthusiasts believe that it the grail buried somewhere in Glastonbury, possibly at the site of the church that Joseph of Arimathea allegedly built. Others think that it is somewhere else in the mound associated with Glastonbury – the Celtic Glastonbury Tor – where King Arthur and Lady Guinevere were believed to be buried (stories surfaced in the 12th century that their coffins had been found). Many feel that it was brought to Glastonbury by the Knights Templar, who hid their treasures (biblical relics) throughout the British Isles. It was only fitting that it should be protected at Glastonbury.

Legends Behind the Search for the Coveted Christian Grail
The Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Wikimedia Commons.

2. Some Believe the Holy Grail Is Still In Jerusalem

Other people believe that the Holy Grail never left Jerusalem, the site of the Last Supper, as well as the crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. The Knights Templar never removed it, nor was it brought to England by Joseph of Arimathea. One version of the Jerusalem grail legend suggests that it is buried somewhere on the Temple Mount, probably under the Dome of the Rock. As a site sacred to both Christianity and Judaism, and considering its association with the death of Jesus, it is possibly one of the most likely places where it was buried. The Knights Templar did not discover it, or if they did, they did not remove it.

Another version of the Jerusalem grail legend holds that it was buried at the site of the cross. This legend suggests that the grail in question is the one that was used to catch the blood of Jesus. It is believed to have been laid between two rocks, one of which has eroded. Still another version suggests that it was covered at the tomb of Jesus. Several sites have been identified as the potential tomb where Jesus was buried, so if it were there, it probably would have been discovered by now. However, Jerusalem has many archeological secrets which it has yet to give up.

Legends Behind the Search for the Coveted Christian Grail
A scene from the Monty Python: the farting Frenchman probably does not have the grail. quoteslovepedia.com.

1. There Are as Many Holy Grail Legends as There Are Hunters

The exact number of grail legends is yet to be ascertained. Many who endeavor on their own grail quest come up with their version of not only what precisely the grail is – the cup from the Last Supper, another cup associated with the Passion, or something else entirely – but what the story is surrounding it. Some suggest a story that predates even Christianity, such as the connection between the Arthurian grail legends and Celtic stories about cooking utensils that were believed to have magical powers. Others are primarily concerned with what happened to the grail following the resurrection.

We may never truly know with any forensic degree of certainty where any of these relics are or how they got to their current location. The Oak Island money pit is yet to divulge any of its secrets, and if the grail is indeed being kept somewhere like Fort Knox, there is no reason to believe that that secret will be given up any time soon. What may be ultimately concluded is that they are nothing more than stories that sprang up in different cultures as a means of connecting a pre-Christian past with the people’s contemporary religious beliefs. Still, one has to wonder what Jesus’ disciples did with the cup that He drank from on His last night on earth.


Where did we find this stuff? Here are our sources:

“In Search of History: The Holy Grail.” Documentary by The History Channel.

“The Legend of the Holy Grail Gallery,” by Richard Barber. BBC. February 17, 2011.

“King Arthur, Once and Future King,” by Michael Wood. BBC. February 17, 2011.

“The Secret History Of The Knights Templar”. The History Channel.

“The Real Da Vinci Code with Tony Robinson.” Documentary Video.

“The Real Last Crusade: Nazi search for the Holy Grail which inspired Indiana Jones,” by Allan Hall. Mail Online. March 25, 2013.

“10 Possible Resting Places of the Holy Grail,” by Listverse staff. Listverse. February 8, 2010.