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Filename: J850008.jpg

Size: 4722 x 3700 (14.0MB)

Date: 27th July 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Source: English Heritage Images

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Stonehenge J850008

STONEHENGE, Wiltshire. Stones at sunset with snow in the foreground

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Basking in the ethereal glow of a winter sunset, Stonehenge stands proudly against a backdrop of snow-covered land in this photograph. Located in the English county of Wiltshire, this prehistoric monument is a testament to the ingenuity and spirituality of Neolithic and Bronze Age communities who constructed it around 3000 BC. As the last light of day fades, the ancient stones cast long, dramatic shadows on the frost-kissed ground. The tranquil scene is a stark contrast to the harsh winter conditions that have blanketed the landscape in a blanket of snow. The biting cold and the stillness of the air add to the sense of mystery and wonder that surrounds this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stonehenge, a henge monument and stone circle, is one of the most famous prehistoric sites in the world. Its precise alignment with the solstices and equinoxes suggests that it was an important site for ancient people who marked the changing of the seasons. The monument's intricate design and the effort required to transport the massive stones from distant quarries make it a remarkable achievement of Neolithic engineering. This photograph, taken at dusk, captures the timeless beauty and the enduring allure of Stonehenge. The winter sky, painted with hues of pink, orange, and purple, frames the monument, creating a breathtaking tableau that transports us back to a time when our ancestors marveled at the wonders of the natural world.

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