51.1475 - 2.7183333333333Koordinaten: 51 ° 9 ' N, 2 ° 43 ' W

Glastonbury is a small town in Somerset, England. The small town in the district of Mendip has around 8,800 inhabitants. She is best known for the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and the myths and legends surrounding the nearby Glastonbury Tor, Glastonbury respect of which claims to be the legendary Avalon. Also significant is the Iron Age lake-dwelling, which was excavated by Bulleid and Gray.

Origin of the name

According to William of Malmesbury, which is based on the traditions of the 12th century, the name Glastonbury goes back to a certain Glast, a son of Cas and the youngest of twelve brothers. He was the swineherd of the king of Hirnath and reached the island in search of a runaway pig.


Glastonbury is known for the usually annual Glastonbury music festival, which is often described as a British Woodstock Festival. In fact, the festival in the nearby village of Pilton takes place.

Glastonbury in music, literature, film, and video game

  • Glastonbury is indirect in the poem And did Those feet in ancient time by William Blake from the preface to his work, Milton (1804 ) mentioned. The poem is known today, with music by Hubert Parry ( 1916) as the hymn "Jerusalem". It is above the national anthem and " Auld Lang Syne " the penultimate part of the Last Night of the Proms. The poem was inspired by the legend, Jesus Christ had visited as a young man, accompanied by Joseph of Arimathea, Glastonbury and brought the Holy Grail there. The legend goes back to the historian John Glastoniensis, that in the first half of the 15th century, a chronicle of Glastonbury ( Antiquitates Glastoniensis ) wrote (see Arthurian Legend ).
  • In Glastonbury in 1933 published novel A Glastonbury Romance by John Cowper Powys plays. This epic -like monumental work paints a panorama of life of the inhabitants of the province in the 1920s, but takes in many ways the myths of King Arthur and the Grail on.
  • The place is also the scene of the feature film The Gathering (2002), which refers to the history of the place and the associated legends.
  • Glastonbury is also used in the 3D adventure game Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon before. In the game of the place along with the " Glastonbury Tor " said cone-shaped hill is one of the main venues. It is also strong reference to the Arthurian legend.
  • Furthermore, Glastonbury venue in the radio drama series " Don Harris " and at the same birthplace of the main character.


Glastonbury will be an intersection of several ley lines.