Saturday, August 24, 2002

Saturday, August 24 Stonehenge

"Stonehenge is surely Britain's greatest national icon, symbolizing mystery, power and endurance. Its original purpose is unclear to us, but some have speculated that it was a temple made for the worship of ancient earth deities. It has been called an astronomical observatory for marking significant events on the prehistoric calendar. Others claim that it was a sacred site for the burial of high-ranking citizens from the societies of long ago. While we can't say with any degree of certainty what it was for, we can say that it wasn't constructed for any casual purpose. Only something very important to the ancients would have been worth the effort and investment that it took to construct Stonehenge."

This is one thing I didn't do the last time I visited. I really want to see it. Several people have told me it is quite a mess, with a big chain link fence and a highway nearby... but I just want to see it for myself. Luckily.. they are are working on fixing up the area. It's called the...

Stonehenge Project "Within the next decade, Stonehenge will be rescued from the stranglehold of roads and traffic, and reunited with its surrounding monuments. A new world-class visitor centre will be built outside the World Heritage Site. The chalk downland landscape will be recreated and people will be able to roam freely and at no cost throughout the World Heritage Site. We have already begun to realise the Master Plan vision."

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