After living in England for 4 and a half years, we finally today had the opportunity to visit one of the country’s most iconic landmarks – Stonehenge. Together with Nico and Anneleen, we left London around 09:00 and drove for 2 hours to the county of Wiltshire where we spent most of the morning just soaking up the history of a landmark that was built about 5000 years ago.

Stonehenge is a very unique prehistoric temple as it was constructed to align with the movements of the sun about 3000 BC. It’s also the only stone circle in the world to have lintels – which are those horisontal stones sitting on top of the uprights. Built by the late Neolithic people of Britain back in the Bronze age, the monument was built in stages and archaeologists believe that the stones were rearranged several times over a period of about a thousand years. The stones stand up to 7 metres high, 2 metres wide and weighs roughly 25 tons each. Adding to that, some of these stones were brought here all the way from Wales, which is over 200 kilometres away, and back in the Bronze Age, southern England was largely covered by woodlands, so bringing these stones to Wiltshire must have been a ridiculously difficult and time consuming job – but they did it.

The part of the Stonehenge story that remains a mystery, is why it was built in the first place – and why exactly here? To this day, believe it or not, we’re not exactly sure why Stonehenge exist. Looking at the site on which it was built, and the area around it, we can only come up with a few theories. One popular theory suggests that it was constructed as a burial ground and that the stones serve as monument to the dead. Another popular theory suggests that, if you look at the exact placement and alignment of the stones, and you see how the shadows fall around the monument, and how these shadows change their shape throughout the year, then Stonehenge must be a massive calendar that was used to keep track of the months and the years, but honestly, there is no exact explanation as to why it was created. Maybe one day we’ll be smart enough to figure it out, but right now, your guess is as good as any other.

Some pics: