Stonehenge

Stonehenge was built between 3000 and 1600 B.C.

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Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument, may have been raised on the site as early as 3000 B.C.

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Forget the Beatles and the Rolling Stones—Britain's biggest rock stars are the megaband of monoliths known as Stonehenge. We're talking off-the-charts huge: The largest pillar weighs nearly 50 tons and towers 24 feet. The monument's purpose remains a mystery. We know Stonehenge was built between 3000 and 1600 B.C., but archaeologists still debate whether it was used as a burial site, a healing center, or an astronomical calendar.

The reclusive supergroup resides a two-hour drive from London on the grassy Salisbury Plain. The stones are roped off from their fans, but diehards can schedule closer access in the early morning and evening—or join druids, neopagans, and New Agers for far-out solstice celebrations. Whatever the season, you'll first need to get to England. Stonehenge never tours.

Photography courtesy of Gowrishanker/Wikipedia

This article was first published in November 2009. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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