Stonehenge (England): what to see near Amesbury


What to see in Stonehenge, meaning of the term, astronomical function, history and what purpose the houses of the nearby village had.

Tourist information

Stonehenge, a name that translated into Italian has the meaning of suspended stone, is a Neolithic site rich in history located near Amesbury in the county of Wiltshire in England.

Circular in shape, it consists of large stones placed in an upright position and known as megaliths.

As for the time of construction, it was placed between two thousand and two thousand five hundred BC, while the embankment and the moat date back to the three thousand one hundred before Christ.

Compared to the original provision, it is believed that various renovations carried out over time have changed the position of the stones and that the current one corresponds to the last changes made dating back to the nineteenth century.

Someone ventures the hypothesis that the Stonehenge function was also that of an astronomical observatory, noting the particular alignment of its stones, perhaps to indicate the solstice and equinox points.

What see

Not far away there is a small village dating back to 2600 BC. made up of twenty houses of modest size which are believed to have served at the time to house the workers used to build the complex or later the guests to some particular ceremony.

In recent decades, this important Stonehenge archaeological site in England has become a popular tourist destination.


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