It’s a mysterious sacred mark, one of the most crucial sites for early Christians in Britain. It is a pagan place of worship for so many centuries prior to the ancient St. Joseph of Arimathea’s arrival that holds the Holy Grail. Glastonbury Tor is the mound that bears the remnants of a highly-honored church perching on top of it. This structure is dedicated to the Archangel, St. Michael, a devoted fighter against the powers of evil. Aside from being visible even from miles away, the place has considerable spiritual importance for several people.
The conical-shaped place is enveloped with fabled individuals who existed from the medieval era until the recent time. Glastonbury Tor is enclosed with a series of terraces, which many believe to be a massive labyrinth following a classical pattern, which guided the worshippers up to the sacred mound. This terracing form is dated back to Neolithic times, about the same era when Stonehenge was built.
In Recent Times
Today, the place is one of the most visited attractions in Britain and has been carefully preserved by designated organizations. These groups aim to preserve historical sites such as the Glastonbury Tor so people can witness and learn more about their importance.
Preserving The Tower And Providing Full Access
The Tor has already shown signs of decay and depreciation, therefore, the caretakers have made minor restoration works. They’ve used sturdy iron bars and placed them into the stone to provide sufficient support.
Since it is now a fascinating attraction, more than a hundred thousand people are visiting the place. To enhance the accessibility, a pathway has been built that goes straight up to the Tor. The steps are made of concrete to keep it long-lasting and safe. But to ensure an accident-free zone, the pathway is renewed every five years.
The Amazing Wildlife
Aside from the scenery, people also are fascinated by the wildlife found at Glastonbury Tor. Bird watching is very common during the end of summer. Kestrels and swallows flock to scavenge for insects before going off for the cold season. And from the view up the hill, a lovely green woodpecker can be seen.
Rabbits, foxes, and badgers can also be found playing and running around the Tor. Early in the morning, rabbits are racing around while foxes and badgers come out and play at night. The wildlife is not complete without the presence of cows and sheep. The livestock are useful in maintaining the grass’s length more conventionally and naturally.
The Sole Tower
The tower is the only thing left of the St. Michael church from the 14th century. It replaced the St. Michael church in the 14th century, and prior to that, the Romans took advantage of this hilltop.
There are intricate carvings on the tower, which presented how it was decorated. Today, one of the famous artworks was that of St. Bridget milking a cow, intricately carved on the structure.
The legendary hill has brought so much spiritual attention for several years, both from Christians and pagans. So many stories were told, which all came from its history. The tales had all sorts of different versions. Unfortunately, the truth was left untold and eventually lost in the sands of time.