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?
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- Stonehenge (jordanphotos.wordpress.com)
- Stonehenge Discovery: Wooden Monument Found Near Stone Ciricle (huffingtonpost.com)
- Putting Stonehenge in Its Place (preview) (scientificamerican.com)