Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Holy Grail Found (Again)

Two historians are claiming the Holy Grail not only exists, but that it has been sitting in the San Isidro basilica in the northwestern Spanish city, León, for almost 1,000 years. 

León University medieval history lecturer, Margarita Torres, and art historian, Jose Manuel Ortega del Rio, began investigating the Grail in 2011 after they found documents at Cairo's University of al-Azhar mentioning the Holy Grail. "The only chalice that could be considered the chalice of Christ is that which made the journey to Cairo and then from Cairo to León - and that is this chalice," Torres said.

The cup is made of agate, gold, and onyx and adorned with precious stones. The cup has a missing fragment which, along with the agate upper part, validates the ancient document's account of the Holy Grail. It is believed that the true Holy Grail is contained within the antique cup called the Chalice of Infanta Doña Urraca. The goblets have been joined together, with one turned up, the other down. Indiana Jones, eat your heart out:

Image source: New York Post

According to the documents, the cup was taken from Jerusalem by Muslims and brought to Cairo. The cup was offered to Fernando I, the powerful Christian King of León from 1037 to 1065 as a peace offering from a Muslim kingdom nearby. The two historians are fuzzy about 400 years worth of the cup's history but they are certain that this is the one.

Image source: Salon

Curators removed the cup from display because crowds were swarming to get a peek. They are currently looking for an exhibition space large enough to accommodate the suckers crowds.

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