Mysterious rock monuments of Stonehenge, England

Stonehenge Mar 2010. Photo by Gizelle Lau.
Photo by Gizelle Lau

The iconic structures of Stonehenge are one of the most easily recognized sites in the world.

Yet, standing before them on a cool spring day in England was still an experience in itself. Much like looking upon ancient Inukshuks in northern Canada, the pyramids of Egypt, or the Moai statues of Easter Island, the prehistoric monuments of Stonehenge are more than just 4,000-year-old structures – they’re mysteries staring you in the face.

Stonehenge lies at the middle of several hundred Neolitic and Bronze-age burial mounds spread over the region, dated as early was 3000 BC. Thought to have been erected around 2500-2200 BC, the construction of the monuments as well as the real purpose of Stonehenge have remained a mystery.

Most support the idea that Stonehenge served as a burial ground, while others argue that it was constructed by aliens.  One medieval writer, Geoffrey of Monmouth, created the legend that it was built by Merlin with the help of giants. 

Whatever the real answer, there’s something exciting and humbling about standing before such ancient mysteries.  Be sure to visit when you’re in England!  Stonehenge is located just 1 hour and 45 minutes from central London in Wiltshire county, a comfortable day trip usually packaged with other nearby attractions like Windsor, Bath, or Oxford. 

See Stonehenge on a day trip from London with Golden Tours: Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge.

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