Things you didn’t know about…Stonehenge

Thursday 09 June 2011

  • Stonehenge is probably the most famous megalithic moment in the world, but it’s actually part of a larger associated landscape containing around 400 ancient monuments!
  • The heaviest stones weigh 50 tonnes; it would have taken 600 men to move just one!
  • Stonehenge took an epic 1,600 years to build.
  • There are at least 20 different rock types at Stonehenge including Bluestone, Sarson and Welsh Sandstone.
  • The 4-ton Bluestones come from 250km away in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It’s still not understood how early man was able to transport such heavy loads over such vast distances.
  • Nearly a million people visit Stonehenge every year.
  • Stonehenge is an official place of worship for Druid and Pagan religions and is closed to the public at the Solstice so that ancient religious practices can be carried out.
  • Often missed on the tourist trail is nearby Avebury Circle. It forms part of the “Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites” World Heritage Site and is the largest stone circle in Europe – so large in fact, the village of Avebury spills right through the middle!

>> More things you didn’t know about Britain More Super Blog posts containing stone circles and ancient monuments: Britain’s Most Haunted Locations, On the trail of a Welsh Asterix and Off-the-beaten Track in the Beautiful Eden Valley, Cumbria.

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