Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Holy Grail?

There´s a book coming out that proposes the ¨Cáliz de Doña Urraca¨ housed in the San Isidoro Museum in Leon is actually the Holy Grail (so anxiously pursued by Arthurian knights and Indiana Jones)! Torres y Ortega del Río presented their work Los Reyes del Grial, detailing the investigation yesterday.

In theory, the grail was housed in the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem until 1054 but traveled as a gift from a powerful Vizir of the Fatimid Caliphate in Egypt to the Emir Denia in Spain, who in turn gave it to Ferdinand I of Leon, as described in documents discovered in Egypt. Ferdinand´s daughter, Urraca had the chalice decorated with her own jewelry to signify its importance.


The chalice is in fact two cups, joined by gold work and gems in the middle. The upper half is the supposed grail, made of a Qumran ceramic typical of Palestine at the time of Christ. Also, researchers have claimed that when Saladin gave permission to move the Holy Grail, he demanded a shard, and one of the scrolls found in Egypt suggests that the chalice of Christ is missing one, as does the Cáliz de Urraca.

How interesting! And they didn´t even need the holy hand grenade.

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