The city of Glastonbury is easily among the most important historical locations in all of England and most of the world. The land is positively steeped in myth and lore and some of Christianity's most important moments happened right within the city limits of this small, grassy burg situated on the Somerset Levels.
The Glastonbury Lake Village, for instance, is one of the richest finds on the continent in terms of Iron Age fossils and relics. The British Museum in London, one of the most prestigious museums on Earth, has been a proud second home to many of the fascinating ancient treasures hidden below the Glastonbury ground. Tools and equipment from over ten thousand years ago have been uncovered but the real jewel beneath the village is the Sweet Track. This wooden trackway is a Neolithic version of today's modern roads and, estimated to be from 3800 B.C., it is widely considered to be the oldest engineered road in the world.
Glastonbury was fortunate enough to be an important city during the dawn of true civilization and, in spite of the magnificence of the Sweet Track, Glastonbury's most famous legacy is of great interest to theologians, historians, Christians, and followers of myth and legend all over the world. The famed story of the Holy Grail has its roots in Glastonbury and the city is believed by many to be the final resting place of the cup that holds the blood of Jesus. While the legend was later added to with romantic tales involving King Arthur, Glastonbury was still the place in England that Joseph or his son Joseph allegedly brought the "grail" to for safe-keeping. This is enough to draw thousands to this potential holy land each year.
Since many of the legendary Knights of the Round Table stories have their origin in the quest for the Holy Grail, much of the subsequent Arthurian tales also involve Glastonbury and the line between fact, fiction, myth, and reality are interweaved into a fascinating thread of tales. The famed Sir Lancelot, for instance, was purported to have run away to Glastonbury Abbey following the death of his beloved King. The fabled city of Avalon is thought by many to be based on Glastonbury and the monks who still frequent the ancient Abbey claim to have found the graves of King Arthur and his beloved Guinevere among the sprawling Abbey cemetery.
Whether these stories are true or not, they are important to civilization as a whole and the site of many of these legends, the Glastonbury Abbey, is most assuredly real. It is considered the oldest above ground Christian Church on the face of the Earth and this fact is more than enough to draw countless Christians to Glastonbury to pay homage to the beloved Abbey. Glastonbury has few peers in the known world that can claim as much of a hold on the imaginations of people all around the world. Aside from ancient Greece, Glastonbury is easily the undisputed birthplace of a large majority of international myth and legend and anybody who believes in the power of storytelling would do well to visit the locale that spawned and sparked the imaginations of countless individuals.