Two Spanish historians are boldly claiming they’ve found an object that has eluded pursuers for 2,000 years: the Holy Grail. The historians, Margarita Torres and Jose Ortega del Rio, published their claim last week in their book titled “The Kings of the Grail.”
“This is a very important discovery because it helps solve a big puzzle,” Torres said. “We believe this could be the start of a wonderful stage of research.”
The historians spent years searching for the grail in Egypt before turning their attention to Spain. They took to Spain after discovering two medieval Egyptian documents that described the ownership history of the grail.
The documents tell of how Muslims took the cup from the Christian community in Jerusalem and brought it to Cairo. Then, hundreds of years later, the Egyptians gave the cup to a Spanish emir on the country’s Mediterranean coast after he helped the Egyptians during a famine.
These details led Torres and del Rio to peg the chalice of the Infanta Dona Urraca held in the Basilica of San Isidoro as the prized grail. Here it is:
Now, remember a few things before you go running off to Spain to see the chalice Christ allegedly drank from at the Last Supper. First, there are over 2,000 supposed Holy Grails in Europe alone. Torres and del Rio admit they couldn’t possible debunk all 2,000 of these competing Holy Grail candidates. Second, the historians admit they have no clue about the first 400 years of the cup’s history. Scientific dating methods did peg the cup at about 2,000 years old, but the whereabouts of the cup’s first four centuries are unknown.
Nevertheless, they are confident about their finding.
“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.