Somerset-Levels

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Somerset Levels Mist by Tristan Martin

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st. michael’s tower on glastonbury tor ▴ glastonbury, somerset, england

the three-story tower was established in the 14th century, but has been rebuilt several times. the formation of the tor’s symmetrical terraces, on which the tower sits, remains a mystery. its ancient name is ynys yr afalon (‘isle of avalon’), leading historians to believe glastonbury tor is avalon from arthurian legend. it is also associated with associated with gwyn ap nudd, the first lord of the otherworld and king of the fairies.

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Daybreak by Tristan Martin

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→ historical places: Glastonbury Tor

Glastonbury Tor is a hill at Glastonbury in the English county of Somerset, topped by the roofless St Michael’s Tower. The conical hill of clay and Blue Lias rises from the Somerset Levels. It was formed when surrounding softer deposits were eroded, leaving the hard cap of sandstone exposed. The slopes of the hill are terraced, but the method by which they were formed remains unexplained. Artifacts from human visitation have been found, dating from the Iron Age to Roman eras. Several buildings were constructed on the summit during the Saxon and early medieval periods; they have been interpreted as an early church and monks’ hermitage. The head of a wheel cross dating from the 10th or 11th century has been recovered. The original wooden church was destroyed by an earthquake in 1275, and the stone Church of St Michael built on the site in the 14th century. Its tower remains, although it has been restored and partially rebuilt several times. The Tor is mentioned in Celtic mythology, particularly in myths linked to King Arthur, and has a number of other enduring mythological and spiritual associations. X

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Somerset Levels by Tristan Martin