Stonehenge

Stonehenge is a very ancient and mysterious site. It is around 4,500 years old!. This monument dates back to the Neolithic and Bronze Age. It is in South-West England. There are big stones in a circle. It is probably a religious site but historians are still studying it to find new interpretations. We don’t know how it was made because the stones come from far away in Wales.

At Stonehenge something special happens at Midsummer night, the night of the summer solstice.

The sunrise is behind a special stone, the Heel stone, and the rays of the sun hit the middle of the circle. Historians think that the Heel Stone is the entrance to the monument. Every year there is a celebration and a lot of people gather there. It is a very old tradition. People usually arrive at around 7 p.m. on the eve of the solstice and leave the following day in the morning. They play music and dance. It is a dreamlike night, especially when the weather is fine.

Stonehenge is a sacred place and people respect it.

Stonehenge and Avebury were inscribed together on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List in 1986. The Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Site was one of the UK’s very first World Heritage Sites. The world heritage Site is made up of two landscapes: Stonehenge in the South of Wiltshire and Avebury in the North. Each landscape covers an area of around 25 square kilometers much of which visitors can explore using footpaths and permissive access provided by landowners.

But Unesco has confirmed that Stonehenge could be stripped of its world heritage site status, over its concern that a road tunnel, backed by the government, would irreversibly damage an area of “outstanding universal value”.

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