Thursday, August 25, 2011

London Diary Part 3 - Visit to Stonehenge

Yes the first place I vsisited while in England was not London as would have been expected, We went to thsi place of historical significance known as Stonehenge .
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire .It is believed that the first stage of Stonehenge was build more than 5000 years ago! It can be best described as some standing stones surrounding earthwork in double circles (Earliest Stonehenge was Henge, comprising a ditch, bank, and the Aubrey holes) There is still lots of debate on what exactly was the purpose of such a massive construction and how was it done .
But latest theories suggest , that Stonehenge was a place of healing – the primeval equivalent of Lourdes.This also accounts for the high number of burials in the area and for the evidence of trauma deformity in some of the graves. However they do concede that the site was probably multifunctional and used for ancestor worship as well.
When I visited the place  , I was awestruck by the  way the structure is constructed, all the stones used are massive and believed to be blue stones, which are not available in nearby regions, Its thought provoking that how these stones came from Preseli mountains, in south-west Wales.

It was a beautiful site , large plain green lands running for miles and miles and in between we see this huge stone structure, made me think of all technologies we had in past! .
We went there on a sunny /warm day , but despite being sunny it was very windy (typical England weather) . We enjoyed the site, the tour and its historical significance , had  hot coffee at the nearby cafe along with french fries ! and came back loaded with information about yet something something magnificent from our past!

Leaving you with few pictures of the beautiful Monument.

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