The White Spring: a dark Victorian well house now plays host to mystical waters and pagan shrines.

We are in England. It is one of the greatest mysteries of Avalon, the legendary island featured in the Arthurian legend, that two different healing springs, one touched red with iron, the other white with calcite, should rise within a few feet of each other from the caverns beneath Glastonbury Tor, and both have healing in their flow. The quaint sculpted gardens of the Chalice Well surround Glastonbury’s most famous natural water source, the Red Spring, so called for the iron oxide it deposits in its basin. But just opposite…

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Caerleon Amphitheatre: the King Arthur’s legendary Round Table?

We are in the year 100 BC, in what is today south Wales, where roman soldiers were probably in search of an evening’s entertainment. They have probably gone to the amphitheater in the Isca Augusta fortress, that now is a well-preserved site of Roman culture. But over the centuries, long after the Romans were gone, the amphitheater gained notoriety for an entirely different reason. Tradition states that it was also the site of King Arthur’s famous Round Table. Historically, the amphitheater was built around the year 90 AD outside fortress…

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Is Glastonbury Tor really the legendary island of Avalon, where King Arthur was buried?

Glastonbury Tor is a conical hill located in the English town of the Somerset county of the same name. It is surmounted by an open-air tower of the fourteenth century dedicated to St.Michael, and over the centuries has concentrated on itself the attention of historians and writers for the alleged link with the Arthurian cycle and the Britannia subjects. The archaeological excavations have revealed that the hill was a place frequented both during the Iron Age and in the following centuries by the Romans, while the typical terracing would date…

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