Day 9, STONEHENGE, May 30th

One of the highlights of an awesome tour of the UK!!  Stonehenge is an iconic stone circle, as old as the pyramids and older than the Acropolis in Greece and Colosseum in Rome, built between 3000 and 1500 B.C.  The ancient site still retains an aura of mystery.  In 2011, a laser survey revealed prehistoric carvings on the stones, 2008 showed evidence of Romans being active at Stonehenge and in 2007, an archaeological dig uncovered homes nearby.

England has hundreds of stone circles, but Stonehenge (meaning “hanging stones”), is the only one with horizontal cross-pieces (weighing about 7 tons) spanning the vertical monoliths (weighing 25-45 tons) and the only one with smooth surfaces created by craftsmen.  Only about half of the original circle is left, having been used in other buildings in the past.  It was originally used as a cremation cemetery and still functions as a celestial calendar, as well as representing the mystical powers of ley lines. The stones were brought from 20 to 240 miles away to be used here (verified by geologists).  The entrance building is below.

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Some of the ancient homes depicted as they might have been in this region.

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This lady said she was “communing with the mystics” and sat near the Stonehenge center the entire time we were there.

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This was indeed worth the trip!