Stonehenge – Visit England’s Oldest & Most Mysterious Landmark
Any vacation or momentary trip to Wiltshire must include Stonehenge. It’s one of the most historical landmarks of England and it’s presence has captured visitors from all around the world for decades.
Maybe, one of the reasons why Stonehenge has such appeal is it’s mystery because while there has been a good deal of conjecture on what it is and who built it not one knows quite for sure.
Many say that Stonehenge is an historic temple, others say a burial site, and there are also those that believe it was initially built up as a kind of observatory. We’ll probably never know which of these is right.
Now, you can travel to Stonehenge but since 1978 the main stone area has been cordoned off because visitor interaction was damaging the rocks. You can nevertheless get really close to it though. This ring of historic rocks is considered to date back 5,000 years which makes it all the more incredible that a construction like this could have been put together so long ago. It would have exacted a lot of time, organization and manual labour to construct it.
In fact, it’s considered that Stonehenge was constructed over a 1,500 year time period (starting as early as 3,000 BC). It’s thought that the stones were bought from Wales (Prescelly Mountains) which dwells 240 miles to the west of Salisbury. Every stone would have weighed 4 tons, and would most probably have been pulled by roller and sledge from Wales to Milford Haven, from which point they would have been loaded onto boats which would navigate towards Somerset. From here, they would have been carried on land again to their intended location in Salisbury.
The admission price to see Stonehenge is well worth it, and includes an audio-guide. There are also some sensational views of the Wiltshire countryside from here.
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