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holy grail nanteos mansionDid you know…….

Nanteos Mansion, which sits just outside of Aberystwyth was once beleived to be the final resting place of the holy grail.

For those of you who don’t know, the holy grail was the sacred cup out of which Jesus drank at the last supper, before he was betrayed by his disciple Judas.

Unfortunately the Nanteos Cup as it is now known turned out to be a 500 year old kitchen bowl. Upon further investigation it was found that the cup was made from a wood native to the local area, which would not be found in Israel where the last supper took place.

The story of how the ‘grail’ reached Mid Wales was tenuous but possible. The cup left Israel with a Saint whom was fleeing religious persecution, and he made his way to Glastonbury Abbey in England.

When Henry VIII began his destruction of the Abbeys the monks of Glastonbury fled to Strata Florida in Ceredigion with the grail which was gifted to their ancestors several centuries earlier, before fleeing even further from the advancing forces to the land that is now occupied by Nanteos Mansion.

The cellars of the mansion are said to be haunted by monks, although alas the real holy grail did not come with them.

For more information on Nanteos Mansion’s history please see this article.

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