World Heritage #0373 – Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites

Jul 14, 2005North and Central Europe, United Kingdom, World Heritage Sites

The huge rocks placed on top of each other seem to be an everlasting testimony to what lengths humans are willing to go in expressing their religious beliefs.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

 

Official facts

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Date of Inscription: 1986

Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 373:

“Stonehenge and Avebury, in Wiltshire, are among the most famous groups of megaliths in the world. The two sanctuaries consist of circles of menhirs arranged in a pattern whose astronomical significance is still being explored. These holy places and the nearby Neolithic sites are an incomparable testimony to prehistoric times.”

 

My visit

To be true I have not been to Avebury but I visited Stonehenge in 2005. This site, on a low hill with good views to all sites was very interesting. And it is one of the most famous sights in England. The strangeness of these rocks has drawn fascinated crowds for centuries all wondering about how and why somebody did such a thing to a heap of big rocks.

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