Some researchers believe that the long-sought relic is actually situated in Spain’s Valencia Cathedral.
Few artefacts have inspired more debate and intrigue throughout history than the fabled Holy Grail, the cup said to have once held the blood of Christ.
There have been many interpretations of the Grail legend over the centuries – including one suggesting that it was in fact the wife of Jesus, Mary Magdalene – but the most common interpretation indicates that the Grail was a physical chalice or drinking vessel.
The search for the cup’s whereabouts is now so legendary that it has become synonymous with the search for anything valuable or revolutionary, however to date its location remains elusive, with historians unable to even agree on whether it even existed at all.
In recent years, however, some historians have grown to believe that an ancient cup, which currently sits on display in Spain’s Valencia Cathedral, might be the very thing they’ve been searching for.
Legend indicates that the Holy Grail is comprised of two parts – a cup made of reddish-brown agate stone and a carved gold reliquary on which the cup sits.
Previous analysis has suggested that the cup in Valencia dates back to the time of Jesus and originated in Egypt or Palestine – the only places where this particular agate can be found.
Curator Jose Verdeguer, who is as knowledgable as anyone can be on the subject, suggests that the Grail may have been taken when St Mark fled Jerusalem during the Roman invasion of 70 CE.
After settling in Rome, he argues, the Grail was passed down between various Popes before ending up in Valencia sometime in the 15th Century.
As things stand, however, it is almost impossible to know for sure if any of this is true.
Source: BBC News