#40: The mysterious Stonehenge

Located about one hour oustide of London, Stonehenge is one of the most famous sites in the world. It’s composed of a circular setting of 150 large standing stones that […]

stone henge from aboveLocated about one hour oustide of London, Stonehenge is one of the most famous sites in the world. It’s composed of a circular setting of 150 large standing stones that no one knows exactly who built it and for what purpose. Archeologists believe the iconic stone monument was constructed anywhere from 3000 to 2000 BC and it is estimated that the construction of the site may have involved some 242 years.

So what does it mean? Some people think that it was built as a clock, or some think it’s a sun dial, or used for spiritual purposes. The wilder ideas range from paranormal explanations to aliens. The more accepted theory is that the alignment of the stones was intended to mark the Summer Solstice which comes from the Latin phrase for “the sun stands still” and is the shortest night of the year. It all happens from sun down every year on June 20th to sunrise on June 21st. It is also the only night that up to 20,000 visitors are allowed to spend all night at Stonehenge waiting for sunrise. So go get your Pagan on and head to Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice.

www.stonehenge.co.uk

Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

 

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