Stonehenge, a mystery in stone

14 February, 2013 0 Comments

Stonehenge

Stonehenge is one of the most mysterious megalithic monuments that exist today, both by the type of construction in a double circle as used by the stones, which did not exist in the area in the time it was built. With a diameter of 98 meters, this ancient monument is formed by a double circle of giant rocks of sandstone blue. Today, it’s part of the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.

It is known that this type of ceremonial monuments started to be built around 3,000 B.C. , during the Neolithic period. But Stonehenge stands out for its perfection. It is believed that it was built in four phases, the first phase began on the 2,800 B.C. . For its construction, stones brought from Avenbury (20 kms), from Wales (200 kms) and from Mildford Haven (250 kms) were used. It is estimated that with the force of 140 men, Stonehenge was completed in less than 20 years.

But the main mystery of Stonehenge is that nobody knows with certainty for which it was built. Some theories talk about its relation with the Magician Merlin and King Arthur, others talk of sacrifices and magic rituals and predictions of lunar and solar eclipses, and other even allege that it is an interstellar door that opens the way for other worlds and galaxies. Who knows!

Stonehenge

Stonehenge is located between Amesbury and Warminster, near the river Avon, in the county of Wiltshire, Southern England. The closest town is Salisbury, located 134 km from London.

The easiest way to visit Stonehenge is by train. If you are in London, you have to get the train that goes from Waterloo to Salisbury (a hour and a half of travel more or less). In Salisbury, you have to take a shuttle bus with destination to Stonehenge. There are also organised tours that include a stop stop at Bath, a city that is famous for its Roman baths.

Photos source: Del Barfoot

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