I thought Stonehenge would have been much more imposing

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It is possibly the only monument that can be seen fully in a drive by sighting. Though paying the fees and entering gives one a wonderful guided audio tour.

Erected around 2500 BC, this prehistoric monument made of monolithic stones in a nearly circular formation that some wrongly speculated may have been used for ritual sacrifice. The site is surrounded by several hundred burial mounds and contains cremated remains dating to 3000 BC. Perhaps it is the location – amidst a vast undulating plain, that makes Stonehenge less imposing than one would imagine. Or maybe it is the fact the one is not allowed to get close enough to the monument to get a perspective on the size of the stones!

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  1. Personally, that exactly its location on the Salisbury plain makes it more imposing. But you are right that it is all the more impressive when you stand inbetween the stones. From the large distance they keep you at, it is hard to estimate the magnitude of the megaliths! Return on one of the solstice celebrations, when there is open access? 😉

    • You are right, I should return on the Solstice celebration, maybe even lie on the “sacrificial stone” to get the full effect 😉

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