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Exploring Stonehenge

Updated: Jul 12, 2023

Have you ever wondered about the mysterious, awe-inspiring monument known as Stonehenge? It's one of the most iconic and fascinating structures in the world, and it has been shrouded in mystery and speculation for centuries. Stonehenge has been on our to-do list for quite some time, so we decided to stop on our road trip from Bath to Oxford.


So let's start exploring Stonehenge; What makes it so special, and what do we know about this ancient wonder?

Let's start with the basics: Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England, and it consists of a ring of standing stones, each weighing up to 25 tons. The largest stones, known as sarsens, are over 13 feet tall and were brought from about 20 miles away. The smaller stones, called bluestones, came from Wales, over 150 miles away!

So how did these massive stones get to their current location? That's a mystery that still hasn't been completely solved. Some theories suggest that the stones were transported by land and sea, while others suggest that they were moved by glaciers during the last Ice Age. Regardless of how they got there, the fact that these stones were quarried, transported, and erected over 4,000 years ago is a testament to the incredible engineering skills of the people who built Stonehenge.

But what was the purpose of Stonehenge? That's where things get really interesting. There are many theories about why Stonehenge was built, and most of them involve some kind of astronomical or religious significance. Some people believe that it was used as an astronomical observatory, while others think it was a place of worship or a burial site. Some even speculate that it was used for healing or as a kind of ancient calendar.

Stonehenge and sun

One of the most intriguing aspects of Stonehenge is its alignment with the movements of the sun and moon. The stones are arranged in a circle with a horseshoe-shaped arrangement of five trilithons (two vertical stones with a horizontal stone on top) in the center. During the summer solstice, the sun rises directly above the Heel Stone, which is located outside the main circle. This alignment has led some people to believe that Stonehenge was used for sun worship or as a way of marking the changing of the seasons.

Check out this picture - This shows how the sun really aligns perfectly with a trilithon.

But Stonehenge isn't just an impressive feat of engineering and a source of speculation about ancient beliefs and practices. It's also a place of mystery and magic that has captured the imaginations of people all over the world. From ancient legends about giants and wizards to modern theories about extraterrestrial intervention, Stonehenge has inspired countless myths, stories, and fantasies.

Some say that visiting Stonehenge isn't worth it because of how touristy it has become, but we are glad we went. We arrived right when it opened, explored the museum, and observed the stones before it got too crowded.

So if you're ever in England, take some time to marvel at this incredible monument and ponder its many mysteries. Arrive before the crows do and who knows, you might even feel a mystical connection to the ancient world and the secrets it holds!

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