It’s been the focus of theological argument for centuries, but two Spanish historians now claim they’ve found the Holy Grail, the cup from which Christ was said to have drunk during the Last Supper.
The location? A church in Leon, in northern Spain.
Margarita Torres and Jose Ortega del Rio, who have spent three years researching the history of the chalice, co-wrote a book released last week entitled “Los Reyes del Grial,” which translates to “The Kings of the Grail,” the Irish Times reported.
In the book, they detail how they believe the 2,000-year-old vessel is contained within another, antique cup known as the Chalice of Dona Urruca, which sits in Leon’s basilica of Saint Isidore. It has been there since the 11th century, the historians claim.
“This is a very important discovery because it helps solve a big puzzle,” Torres told The Irish Times. “We believe this could be start of a wonderful stage of research.”
Torres and del Rio began by researching the history of some Islamic remains in the basilica, but changed course when they discovered two medieval Egyptian documents which mentioned the chalice of Christ, the Times reported.
According to the parchments, Muslims took the cup from the Christian community in Jerusalem to Cairo. It was then given to an emir in Deni in return for help he gave to Egyptians who were suffering a famine. Later, the cup came into the possession of Christian King Ferdinand of Castile.
The two historians say they’re not sure about the first 400 years of the cup’s history, and they’re not certain whether the chalice ever actually touched Christ’s lips. But they insist this is the cup the early Christians revered as the one used at the Last Supper.
“The only chalice that could be considered the chalice of Christ is that which made the journey to Cairo and then from Cairo to León – and that is this chalice,” Torres said.