Stonehenge Summer Solstice Festival

Stonehenge is a prehistoric, mysterious circle of upright stones in southern England.

One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing stones set within earthworks. The stones are aligned almost perfectly with the sunrise on the summer solstice. It was constructed in several stages between 3000 and 1500 B.C., spanning the Neolithic Period to the Bronze Age. The site and its surroundings were added to the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1986.

The exact reason for Stonehenge still remains unknown. The monument’s entrance faces the rising sun on the day of the summer solstice. For many, this orientation suggests that ancient astronomers may have used Stonehenge as a kind of solar calendar to track the movement of the sun and moon and mark the changing seasons. The presence of hundreds of human bones found on the site also suggests that Stonehenge could have served as an ancient burial ground as well as a ceremonial complex and temple of the dead.

Stonehenge Summer Solstice Festival attracts tens of thousands of people each year as the site has become a place of pilgrimage and worship for Neopagans who identify themselves with the Druids or other forms of Celtic paganism. Hippies, Pagans and others descend on the site to witness the sun rising on the longest day of the year.

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