The Stonehenge Site

The Stonehenge SiteThe Stonehenge site is an ancient stone monument situated in the English county of Wiltshire, so it is an ideal visit for a weekend or maybe even just a free day for everyone who lives in the United Kingdom. Even from France, you can take the train to London through the English Channel. Trains run from Central London and take about an hour and a half to Stonehenge, the drive takes around two hours depending on traffic and the part of London from which you depart.

There are many reasons to pay Stonehenge a visit, one of them being the very pretty sight, especially at sunset and sunrise where the site makes for amazingly beautiful pictures. Also, the fact that it is surrounded by so many myths and theories about how and why it actually was build gives it a certain air of mystery and uncertainty. Indeed, the culture which is thought to have built the site did not leave any kind of written records whatsoever. Therefore, historians still debate over many aspects of the “mystery of Stonehenge”, sometimes sprouting rather colourful theories. The main question to answer is what the purpose of the site was. The sheer size of the monument leads to the conclusion that it was probably built for a cultic purpose, but it is unsure whether the site was a site of worship, or maybe used for healing, such as Lourdes is today.

One theory states that given the many human bones found in the area of the monument, it is likely to have been a ritual landscape used as the end of a funeral procession for the dead. In any case, the motivation to build the site must have been enormous as the total effort for building the site has been estimated at several millions of hours of work. It is still unclear how the gigantic stones were arranged in such a fashion as they stand today, especially since the symmetry and precision they display is surprising. The Stonehenge site has been declared to be one of the ‘Seven Wonders’ of Britain because of its cultural and historic value.

It is also today a place of worship for neo-paganism and is often wrongly associated with British Druidism, even though no evidence points towards such a link. However, tourists and visitors are no longer able to touch or access the stones directly; you can simply walk around them. If you want to visit and stay the night, there are several hotels around the area. Remember to bring a photo camera and to catch a beautiful sunrise or sunset that makes the stones glow.