Summer Solstice At Stonehenge | Culture
Thousands of people gathered yesterday evening at Stonehenge to live the dawn of the longest day of the year in such a magic and mysterious place.
Probably the most famous Neolithic monument in history, the origins and the function of this structure are still mystique, partially unknown and better uncertain, but there are many different theories that have been put forward about who built it, when, and why.
But the beauty of this unique ring of standing stones, each one perfectly around 4 m high and 2m wide, stands also in its enigmatic nature. One of the best moments of the year to enjoy Stonehenge is considered the Summer Solstice, when the sunlight is mathematically channelled (by chance, coincidence or not, who knows?) into the centre of the monument.
The midsummer date is based on the planet’s rotational axis, and in 2018 is exactly today. Yesterday, access to the monument – which requires a ticket entrance priced £17.50 – was allowed from 7pm and thousands of people decided to spend there the night to attend the sunrise at 4:52 this morning.
Luckily, the sky was really clear and witnesses confirmed it was one of the best ever. The site, located in Wiltshire, England, 3 km west of Amesbury, holds special significance for members of the Druid and Pagan community, who perform rituals and celebrations.
The most accepted theory nowadays interpretes Stonehenge as a prehistoric temple aligned with the movements of the sun; being there at the summer solstice would make you feel the connection with the universe and it is a great step into the history of the country and of the mankind.
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