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Stonehenge Day Tour - The prehistoric stone circle

One of the wonders of the world prehistoric monument in Europa

Stonehenge

Stonehenge day tour

 

Stonehenge is on of the symbols of Britain and the great Stone Circle stands as a mystery that continues to intrigue the whole world even today. Stonehenge and Avebury henge are both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Participate in a Stonehenge day tour so you can explore the mysteries of this ancient structure.

 

Stonehenge has 4,500 years of history behind it and has a lot of theories surrounding the original purpose of the monument, spawning many conspiracies and meaning different things to different people.
The Circle is a masterful example of engineering. The effort it had taken to construct the monument must have taken hundreds of well-organised people using merely simple tools and technologies. It’s a timeless monument to those who built it. Stonehenge is essentially the most important prehistoric monument in all of Britain and has attracted visitors for ages.

 

The construction of Stonehenge

 

The Stonehenge that stands nowadays is the final stage that was completed 3500 years ago, after multiple stages of construction. The Stonehenge day trip let's you explore the history of the construction.

 

The First Stage was constructed around 3100BC and comprised of a ditch, bank and the Aubrey hole, which are 56 chalk holes, about 1 meter wide and deep that form a circle about 284 feet in diameter. Cremated human bones have been found in the chalk filling, and it’s suspected that the holes were made as part of a religious ceremony. Stonehenge was untouched for a millennia after this stage.

 

The next time Stonehenge was expanded around 2150BC, when 82 bluestones from the Preseli mountains in Wales were transported to the circle from 250 kilometers away. Some of these stones weigh 4 tons, and are thought to have been moved on sledges and rollers even dragged to their resting site. They were carried by raft along the southern coast of Wales and up the rivers Avon and Frome. At the site, they were set up as an incomplete double circle.

 

The third stage of the construction of Stonehenge happened around 2000BC, with the addition of Sarsen stones, probably brought from the Marlborough Downs near Avebury, about 40 kilometers away. These stones weight 50 tons each and would have been moved by sledges and rope. According to modern calculations it would have taken about 500 men to pull one stone, and another 100 to lay the rollers in front of the stones. These were arranged in an outer circle as a continuous sequence of lintels, while inside the circles there are 5 trilithons that can still be seen today.

 

The last change to the henge took place around 1500BC when the bluestones were rearranged in the horseshoe and circle that Stonehenge is known for today. Originally there were 60 stones, but some of them were broken up or now are stumps laid buried beneath the ground.

 

Life near Stonehenge

 

The Neolithic houses outside the visitor centre are opened to be explored by tourists, so they can imagine how people lived millennia ago. The houses are well-lit and roomy, measuring 5 meters with walls and floors designed to reflect sunlight through the use of white chalk. The roofs are thatched and allow the smoke from fires to rise through. There are volunteers at the site who talk to visitors about the houses and how life may have been in the Neolithic era, while also being capable of demonstrating common daily activities of the past: grinding grain or making rope. These houses help to connect people to the way of life that was lived in the past and what it may have been like working around Stonehenge.

 

In the visitor centre there is an 360 audio-visual experience of views from inside the Stone Circle so visitors can see the seasons pass. Tourists can witness the most incredible views of Stonehenge during the summer or winter solstice. It’s also possible to experience Stonehenge with an interactive map and see how the environment has changed over the centuries, Stonehenge through the ages, and learn facts about these fascinating eras.

 

Just like the pyramids of Egypt, Stonehenge is an incredible and enigmatic monument from the past ages of humankind and a worthy site for everyone to visit.

 
 
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