To Indiana Jones, it was a simple carpenter’s cup. To Dan Brown, it was the earthly remains of Mary Magdalene. In Monty Python meanwhile, details of its location are guarded by the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch and a ferocious rabbit.
It turns out they are all wrong. Because the Holy Grail, the relic which has inspired and tantalised Christendom for centuries, could in fact be a jewel-encrusted goblet on display in a small museum in northern Spain. And there are no rabbits in sight.
For two millennia, finding the cup from which Christ drank at the Last Supper, has been the, well, holy grail of archaeology. Now two historians claim to have identified a goblet held in the museum of the Basilica of San Isidoro in León that could be the true grail.
And despite the assertion by many, not least Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, that the drinking vessel of an impoverished carpenter was unlikely to be ostentatious, it turns out that Jesus may have travelled with some exceedingly fancy glassware. Until now the cup has been known as the goblet of the Infanta Dona Urraca, daughter of Fernando I, King of León from 1037 to 1065. But José Manuel Ortega del Rio and Margarita Torres from León University said that documents proved the upper part of this chalice, which has been dated to between 200BC and 100AD, is the one revered by early Christians.