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Stonehenge – Sacred Stone Circle

I don’t remember when I first learned about Stonehenge but from the beginning, I’ve wanted to see it. As soon as I knew I would be going to London, I started searching for a tour. I opted for a private tour that would take me inside the stone circle at sunset. (There are also sunrise tours and other tours that don’t go inside the circle.)

Once I booked, it was hard to contain my excitement.

After a scenic drive through some of England’s most picturesque villages and towns, we arrived at Stonehenge around 6 p.m., just as the sun began its descent over the horizon.

I was struck by the size of the monuments. They looked smaller than what I had imagined they would have been after seeing them so many times on television. But they were no less impressive.

Since our group of 52 was too large, we separated into two – the first group entering the circle shortly after we arrived, the second about 45 minutes later.

Stonehenge is believed to have been built as a burial site around 2500 BC. Since there’s no written record of how it was constructed, speculation and theories abound.

However it was built and whatever the reason, it is still an incredibly impressive site, despite several missing and / or damaged stones.

The site feels peaceful, the surrounding area lush and green with fields of canola (rapeseed) in the distance.

When I see places like Stonehenge, I can’t help wondering what will be left of the structures we’ve built and what future generations will think of us.

What do you think?

The Heelstone

Yellow field of canola

Stone circle at Stonehenge

Artist’s rendition of what Stonehenge looked like

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Comments

  1. Hi Marcia

    I saw a fascinating documentary on Stonehenge late last year. The archeologist was Dr Mike Parker Pearson. He believes that Stonehenge was a place of worship for the deceased (winter solstice?). Stonehenge was on one side of a circle, the village was in the middle, and there was another site on the opposite side of the circle for worship of the living (summer solstice?). This other site was found in 2009.

    It all has something to do with where the sun was in the sky at those times of the year and how the rays of light hit the stones at particular times. Very scientific. It also posited how the people cut the stones and placed them. Extremely scientific. Pearson showed where one of the stone masons made a mistake and didn’t carve a groove in the right place as it was all interlocking.

    Pearson was also surprised by the amount of meat that the villagers ate (presence of animal bones, tools, cooking, etc).

    Did the visit meet your expectations? Did you get a sense of the history of the place? Did you feel any spirits?

    I would love to visit Stonehenge.

  2. Marge Katherine Mercurio says:

    I’ve never been to Stonehedge but I am amazed when I see things these kinds of structures from our past. How did these things get here? Who could have lifted and moved such huge rocks? And don’t get me started on the pyramids. I think there was some cosmic help in the creation of these structures.

  3. Beautiful… Yes, it does make me feel reverent about the mysteries of life and nature. 🙂
    E

  4. InsideJourneys says:

    Thanks, Alex. I’d go again — it’s a beautiful place.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  5. InsideJourneys says:

    It sure does, Elizabeth. I wish I could have been there with a smaller group, stayed longer, said a prayer (or something). It was a beautiful experience.
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Marcia

  6. InsideJourneys says:

    I agree, Marge. Some help was definitely given there. When I was about 18, I went to Chichen-Itza. It started my interest in stone monuments. I’m convinced the ancients who built the pyramids and all those monuments probably had cosmic help.
    Thanks for visiting, Marge.

  7. InsideJourneys says:

    Hi Narelle,
    I wish I could have stayed longer — 45 minutes was long but I could have used more, some quiet time with the stones. It felt peaceful there. And yes, it met my expectations once I got over the fact that they looked smaller as I first approached. But up close, they are pretty impressive.
    I never saw that documentary with Dr. Pearson but I’ve seen others. In fact, I think there will be a program on soon on our local public television station. I’m planning to watch, especially now that I’ve been.
    I’m just always amazed by what we used to do 2500 BC that still stands – sometimes even after years of being exposed to the elements.
    I didn’t feel any spirits, I thought I would have. I was hoping to or to have some mystical experience. But just being there was a beautiful experience by itself.
    You should visit and do take the tour that brings you inside the circle.
    Thanks for stopping by, Narelle
    Marcia

  8. Alex Baugh says:

    I took this tour for my daughter. It was money well spent, I loved and so did she. There is nothing like up close and personal. Thanks for the great post about this wonderful place.

  9. Whoa! I’ve always wanted to visit this place! I saw a documentary about it on Netflix. These pictures are awesome, Marcia, thank you so much!

  10. InsideJourneys says:

    It’s an amazing place!
    You’re welcome, Mozes. Glad you like them.