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When staying in a Bath hotel many people will take time to see the ancient sites of this beautiful city, yet just a short drive away you will find one of the countries most spectacular ancient wonder.

Stonehenge is one of the most iconic and recognisable monuments in the world and has been drawing fascinated visitors to it for thousands of years. This ancient landmark still to this day baffles experts despite centuries of studies. There are many theories as to why Stonehenge was built and what it was used for but no one can say for sure, it’s quite possible that we will never know the secrets behind Stonehenge. These secrets though are part of what make Stonehenge such a magical and mythical place.

Archaeologists believe that the stones were erected around 2,500BC though some insist that the stones were erected as early as 3,000BC. Despite its age the famous stone circle is not the oldest monument on the site; there are earthworks and mounds that date back as far as 8,000BC.

The ancient Britton’s who built Stonehenge must have been dedicated and industrious people. The 82 bluestones had to be brought from the Preseli Mountains, which lie 240 miles away. For people almost 5,000 years ago this would have been a true Herculean feat. This wasn’t the only challenge Stonehenge’s builders faced, the Huge Sarsen stones might have only came from a mine 25 miles away yet there sheer size would have meant 600 men were need to drag the stones along rollers for the whole 25 miles.

Despite being one of the most recognisable structures in the world, which adorns every thing from postcards to mugs, actually being at Stonehenge is still an awe-inspiring experience and a sight that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.

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