Historians are claiming that they have found the Holy Grail, and it is in the Basilica of San Isidro, located in León, Spain.
The goblet, which the historians are claiming to be the cup from which Jesus supposedly drank from during the ill-fated last supper, is known as the Infanta Doña Urraca goblet. Fernando I, Infanta’s father, ruled León from 1037 until 1065.
Margarita Torres, lecturer of medieval history at the León University, and José Manuel Ortega del Rio, art historian, announced that the Holy Grail has been found in their newly-published book Kings of the Grail.
According to them, two ancient Egyptian parchments were unearthed in 2011, which detailed how the Holy Grail was stolen in Jerusalem and brought to Cairo. The Egyptians then gave it to an emir from Spain after helping them during a famine. In the 11th century, it was given as a gift to King Fernando.
The goblet found in the Basilica matches the description of the goblet in the Egyptian parchment, which described the upper part as made of agate, with a missing fragment.
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Since then, visitors have flown in to see the alleged Holy Grail.
However, Torres and del Rio admit that they do not know the history of the cup’s first 400 years. Dr. Robert Cargill, a professor of classics and religious studies at the University of Iowa also disputes their claim, saying there is no way to confirm its authenticity.
The Holy Grail was first mentioned in an unfinished poem by Chrétien de Troyes, some time between 1180 and 1191. Its association to Jesus was developed in the 12th century by Robert de Boron, who wrote that Joseph of Arimathea used the cup to gather Christ’s blood after his crucifixion.
Interest in the nature of the Holy Grail and its true location increased in later years, with many groups going on quests to find it. The most notable group to look for the famed chalice is the Knights Templar.
In Pursuit Of the Holy Grail
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