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Probably the most famous ancient stone monument of the western world, it is hardly the largest or the most magnificent, yet ... More
Probably the most famous ancient stone monument of the western world, it is hardly the largest or the most magnificent, yet it has occupied the thoughts and dreams of millions and filled bookshelves with theories of what it was meant for and why it was built. Usually crowded during the day, in the early morning or the evening as the rooks come back to roost, Stonehenge recaptures its ancient magic. Begun around 5000 years ago, Stonehenge has been altered and revised several times over the years. The 80 stones that made up the two internal circles were transported from Wales, and later on great blocks of sarsen stone were brought from Wiltshire, dressed and fitted together on site.
my visit to Stone Henge almost ten years ago was one of the most powerful experiences I have ever had. The power of the stones and the place they rest is tangible- almost as though there is a current of energy cousing through the stones and the surrounding lands.
You've all seen pictures, so I'm not going to waste time discribing it. Stonehenge can only really be appreciated during the summer solstice, in the mornings. Enjoy the location and was you taken in its beauty, consider that the stones came from obver 200 miles away. Think about the tools available at the time, and then tell me the place is not amazing.
I had always imagined my first trip to Stonehenge to be magical, and for the most part it was. Try to get there early enough to watch the sun rise. And if you have the money, pay for a private tour. This allows you to go into the stones and sit for about an hour by yourself. We were there during the off-season, so bribed the security guard to let us sit in the stones before the park opened. That was amazing. As to touring during operating hours, it was somewhat of a disappointment. Most of the stones aren't the original stones, you can hardly get near them and the constant buzz of traffic takes away from the natural history you expect. (Supposedly the British Government is constructing tunnels in that area to remove the roads from around the stone cirle.) I recommend taking a side trip from here and going to Woodhenge or Avesbury. These are much more accessible and larger.
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