One of the wonders of the world is right at our doorstep! This pre-historic monument has wowed many and continues to intrigue all visitors here. It is definitely, an engineering masterpiece given that it was built with simple tools and technologies during the Neolithic times. The monument was erected with precise interlocking joints, unseen at any other prehistoric monument. According to its history, it was built in several stages, with the first monument being constructed around 5,000 years ago.
The Stone Circle at Stonehenge is an iconic symbol of Britain with each stone standing at 13 feet high, 7 feet wide and weighing around 25 tons. It is believed to have been constructed between 3000 BC and 2000 BC. This sophisticated architecture is the only surviving lintelled stone circle in the world. I was instantly wowed at the gigantic stones and intrigued at how cleverly it was “constructed”. I did feel a little “tiny” in the midst of all these and the vastness of the area. There is certainly a lot to discover here.
Stonehenge is one of the popular destinations for tourists with almost 1.5 million visitors a year. It is also a popular destination for the thousands who are drawn here during the summer and winter solstices, for whom it symbolises a sacred place where it invokes a great sense of awe and humility. It is especially significant for members of the Druid and Pagan community, who perform rituals and celebrations at the summer and winter solstices. Solstices have been celebrated here for centuries. People gather here to welcome the sunrise on the longest day of the year with cheering and revelling. On the summer solstice, the sun rises behind the Heel Stone, the ancient entrance to the stone circle, and sunlight is channelled into the centre of the monument. It is also a day when the English Heritage opens-up the stones to the public.
This unique prehistoric masterpiece sits on a rich archaeological landscape and the area, Avebury and Stonehenge form a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stonehenge is the most architecturally sophisticated and unique places to visit.
When I visited Stonehenge in late summer, it was after a rain and before a storm and I witnessed these mystic clouds, which appeared above one of the Stone Circle wonders of the world, giving it a sense of solitude and magic.
Just so you know, there are a few recorded experiences where one was overcome with feelings of sadness and loss, while some have felt coldness and isolation. Though none of these can be explained and I did not experience any of these feelings, I was totally amazed at the uniqueness of the structure – you know what they say – “Better to see something once, then to hear about it a thousand times (Asian Proverb). So, if you haven’t been here, get it onto your itinerary and experience this iconic ancient achievement. Return and share your stories 😊
You can check https://www.english-heritage.org.uk for information on how to get here and details of tours and ticket prices.
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