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Glastonbury Tor

Glastonbury Tor

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Glastonbury Tor

Glastonbury Tor is a symbol of ancient, magical England: the land of fairies and legend. It features in many different belief systems in many different guises, and is a place of pilgrimage for many people, however you choose to interpret the term. The hill has a mysterious aspect, rising as it does so suddenly from the Somerset Levels. More mysterious still is the terracing pattern that climbs its sides. One theory is that the patterns form a labyrinth, a ceremonial path that you walk to honour the Tor goddess. Walking this “labyrinth” takes from 4-6 hours, so you’d have to be pretty dedicated.

The Tor is also thought to be the dwelling place of Gwyn ap Nudd, Lord of the Underworld and King of the Fairies. As such, the Tor is a hollow hill containing the inner realm of Annwn (Avalon), and somewhere on its side you might discover an entrance to this fairy kingdom. The Tor also appears in Arthurian legend and plays a part in Christian lore. Its imposing tower is all that is left of a 14th-century chapel.

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I defy anyone not to feel on top of the world, overlooking paradise when standing on top of the Tor. The feeling that you are coming home when you see it in the distance is magical too. Best views in the world!

Andrea


GLASTONBURY TOR SHOULD BE INCLUDED BECAUSE IT IS STEEPED IN HISTORY AND MYTHOLOGY AND IS RECOGNISED ALL OVER THE WORLD
LAURA PARSONS


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I think the National Gallery is part of the heritage of England

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