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Published September 10th 2012
What is the mystery of Stonehenge?
It's one of the most iconic sites of United Kingdom and is known by many different terms. Some call it an ancient healing centre while for some it was a huge calender and some even thought of it as a sun worship temple. So, what's the mystery of Stonehenge?

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Situated between the countryside of Wiltshire and plains of Salisbury, Stonehenge is one of the most iconic structures of times past. From the rubble of the plains, you will notice a circular structure where bluish rocks stand rather tall breaking the harmony of the green plains while lending it more charm. Welcome to the enigmatic Stonehenge.

Believed to be the centre of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments Stonehenge will definitely attract true history aficionados. The first stones were erected way back between 3000BC to 2000BC. Completed and restored in many phases from then on today the structure is listed among the World Heritage Sites.

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The Greyish-blue rocks

The rocks are said to be Bluestone and Sarsen. Folklore surrounds this place. The rocks were once called Giant's Dance and were believed to be brought from Africa and Ireland for their healing properties. It is also believed to be a site where followers of Neopaganism practiced religious rituals in the twentieth century. Whatever the belief, no one really can tell how the rocks appeared here in the first place. There are also rumours of UFO sightings here!

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Friar's Heel

Just outside the main entrance is the Heel Stone or Friar's heel, a giant stone which leans towards the ground. An interesting folk tale around this stone is that the devil brought many stones from a woman in Ireland. While he was a carrying them around the place, he stated that no one would find how the rocks came. A Friar then challenged him and said only the devil would think so. The devil in his fury threw one of the stones which struck the friar in his heel giving birth to the Heel Stone.

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Perhaps these are the reasons why the place is still researched time and again for Neolithic and Bronze Age cultures. Whatever the reason, Stonehenge is the perfect place where history and mystery can come deliciously alive.

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