Ever since I came to the UK I had Stonehenge on my bucket list. The mysterious structure was something I always wanted to see by myself and during December 2018, I did.
The 2 hours bus trip started on London Victoria and on this cloudy day, we reached the most famous prehistoric site on the planet.
It was built in several stages: the first monument was an early henge monument, built about 5,000 years ago, and the unique stone circle was erected in the late Neolithic period about 2500 BC. In the early Bronze Age many burial mounds were built nearby.
Before Stonehenge, I have been fortunate enough to visit places such as the Taj Mahal, see an Easter Island Moai (the one in the British museum), Machu Picchu, the middle of the world in Quito and also the Nazca Lines. All of them unique and beautiful.
What is special about this monument? I would say is the structure, how it was built and the meaning behind. But also, because Stonehenge
Stonehenge is the most architecturally sophisticated and only surviving lintelled stone circle in the world.
The earliest stage of the monument is one of the largest cremations cemeteries known in Neolithic Britain.
The stones were brought from very long distances – the bluestones from the Preseli Hills, over 150 miles away, and the sarsens probably from the Marlborough Downs, 19 miles to the north.
The stones were dressed using sophisticated techniques and erected using precisely interlocking joints, unseen at any other prehistoric monument.
But also, Stonehenge is mysterious.
Questions like (1) Who built Stonehenge (2) Of the hundreds of Neolithic stone circles, why is Stonehenge the one that intrigues us? (3) Is Stonehenge a monument to the summer solstice? Have always puzzled us. And UFO´s of course, the same dudes that built the Easter Island moais.
The worst part about the site? The freaking highways everywhere. Is crazy how technology invaded this area. Even though is quiet, you can see an endless amount of vehicles around Stonehenge, this is exactly why the government is evaluating the option to have underground tunnels (see note)
I´m really happy I found the time to go and see the site by myself. Now is time to continue with Hagia Sophia, The Giza Pyramids and the Kremlin.
About the trip
Company: Golden Tours
Departure and arrival: 8.30 AM from Victoria Station and we came back at 14.15 at Victoria Station as well
To get there: 2 hours
Extras: There is an on site museum and coffee shop on the premises.