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  • Writer's pictureSara Moscoso

The Stone Circle At Stonehenge

"The pioneers used to ride these babies for miles." -Spongebob Squarepants

Stonehenge has been on my bucket list to see ever since I was a little kid. I remember being in fifth grade and learning about the stone circle called Stonehenge. I remember my teacher explaining to us that no one knew how the stones got there, but that they have been standing for thousands of years. I am excited to say that I crossed this trip off my bucket list.

Stonehenge is such a strange and magical place. How did those stones get there? Who arranged them and why? We only have guesses to these questions today, but the magic and awe-inspired wonder is captivating when you visit the historic Stonehenge site. I was lucky enough to do a private morning tour, where I got to explore the stone circle up close and personal before the site opened to the public.

I thought it was interesting to learn that the stones are arranged purposefully to follow the sun path - the tallest rock within the circle aligns with the sun, specifically during solstices in the winter and summer.

According to English Heritage, "If you were to stand in the middle of the stone circle on Midsummer's Day, you would see the sun rise just to the left of the Heel Stone, an outlying stone north-east of the circle." I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty cool! Our tour guide told us that experts believe the rocks could have been oriented this way to mark the changing of the seasons during the neolithic age. It's incredibly interesting to think about the how and why these stones were placed, let alone how they were brought out into this field that is honestly in the remote English countryside. Speculations about Stonehenge aside, I am thankful to have been able to see this beautiful landmark.

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