Sunrise at Stonehenge

We saw it from the road as our tour bus pulled up. A flat steppe rising slightly higher than the rolling plain around it, lined by distant stands of trees, but all alone in the cold morning. On top of it, a collection of stones, silhouetted against the white morning light. The way they were stacked together would have been strange enough, but stranger still, there were no stones or visible rocks to be seen anywhere around it in the surrounding landscape. There had been none for miles.

That’s just one of the many mysteries that baffle historians, archaeologists, and anyone else who has ever studied the prehistoric monument known as Stonehenge. How did the stones get there? Who arranged them the way they are, and how were they made, in an age where there were no metal tools, no sophisticated cranes or cantilever systems, no rail to haul them? What were they for?

Visiting the stone circle reveals no answers. Just more mystery.

You step under the arch, into the circle, and the temperature drops ten degrees. It’s like walking into a still wall of cold, and you almost expect your breath to fog. It’s not altogether surprising – there are a lot of geothermal and electromagnetic oddities tied to places of spiritual significance, from the sites of ancient places of worship to places people consider haunted – but it’s still startling to feel.

Then you look around at just how big the arches are, and how well cut and aligned, and can’t help but wonder just how it all came together.

I’m baffled, amazed, and beyond overjoyed that there are still places in this world of science and analysis that are still mysterious and miraculous to us.

We feel extremely fortunate to have been able to get this close up and personal look at this historic monument. There are only a couple of tours who are allowed to go inside the circle {we chose Premium Tours UK for our Stonehenge sunrise tour}, and then, only right at sunrise or at sunset. It’s all part of preserving it from the inevitable people who think visiting a beautiful piece of history involves carving their names on it or defacing it in some way. Looking at you, awful girl with your so-called art.

As for the weather? Well, either we just got damn lucky, or our guide had a little bit more magic and conjuring up his sleeve than he was letting on.

What about you guys? Do you like the air of mystery around places like Stonehenge, or do you really want to know what happened and how they came to be?

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