Friday, 23 July 2010

Stonehenge Theories, Myths, Construction and Images

Stonehenge, the world's most famous megalith, is located above a chalky plain about 8 km north of Salisbury, UK.  It has been drawing people towards it for around 5000 years now, and to this day remains an enigmatic mystery because the questions of how it was built, who built it and why they built it remain unanswered, the theories are only ranged and debated.

Standing out distinctly from the green English countryside, the monument radiates a power that must have been ingrained in the site itself.  It is an aura, a power which cannot be explained by architecture alone.  A lot of the mystery and inherent wonderment associated with Stonehenge stems from the fact that the stones are so shrouded in mystery, this only being amplified by its age.  The very fact that the stones survived for so long must mean they are special. 

A casual look at Stonehenge would show that it consists of an outer circle, within which we have another circle of stones in the shape of a horseshoe. Towards the center of the circled area, are pillared constructions consisting of two upright stones, and one stone placed horizontally on top of them.  These are known as trilithons.  At first glance, it would seem that the entire area is composed of rocks, but venturing outwards, we come across a ditch, and bank that surrounds the entire area.  There is also a path that goes from the monument towards the River Avon a few kilometers away.  All these together constitutes the enigmatic Stonehenge.

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