Is this Jesus’ cup?

 Cesar Manso/AFP

Visitors flocked to the San Isidro Basilica in the north-western city of León after two historians published a book saying the ancient goblet was the mythical chalice of Christ’s last supper. Made of agate, gold and onyx and encrusted with precious stones, the cup was formed by two goblets joined together. It has been known until now as the goblet of the daughter of Fernando I, King of León from 1037 to 1065. The two historians – León University medieval history lecturer Margarita Torres and art historian José Manuel Ortega del Rio – identified it as the grail in their book, Kings of the Grail, published last week. The grail is one of the most prized relics in Christianity. In Europe alone, there are 200 supposed holy grails. The historians attempted to debunk the authenticity of some of the better known chalices in their book.

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