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by Angela Lord (subscribe)
Freelance writer specialising in arts, travel and entertainment news, previews, reviews and interviews.
Published August 8th 2012
Glastonbury Tor - Olympic landmark is top beauty spot
Glastonbury Tor National Trust
Glastonbury Tor


Glastonbury Tor is a well-known landmark which took centre stage in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, when the flags of participating nations were planted on its slopes.
The artificial Tor was built for the ceremony to represent the natural beauty of England's "green and pleasant land". It was topped by a tree, chosen as a universal symbol of nature's life force, replacing the church tower which actually stands on the Tor.

Excavations at the top of the Tor have revealed the foundations of two old churches of St Michael - only a 15th-century tower now remains.

Steeped in history and legend, this iconic and mysterious hill in Glastonbury, Somerset, is considered to be one of the most spiritual sites in the country. Its association with pagan beliefs and a reverence towards nature is recognised and honoured by most locals and visitors.

Public footpaths wind across the Tor and those who reach the top are rewarded with spectacular views over three counties: Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire, and on a clear day, maybe a glimpse of Wales as well.

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Why? Glastonbury Tor
Where: Glastonbury, Somerset
Cost: Free
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