• Login
Stream Stonehenge's summer solstice online this year!
Posted on 19/05/2020

CultureUnited Kingdom

Twitter Facebook 2 shares

With the Covid-19 lockdown in place everywhere, many places have organised virtual tours and visits for people to stream from their living room. And Stonehenge, the ancient English site, is no exception to this new trend. Indeed, they have said they would livestream the summer solstice celebration for the first time ever this year.

Connect with a spiritual place

Connect with a spiritual place
© Danai Boonyamanon / 123RF

Stonehenge is a World Heritage Site, and one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in Europe thanks to its stone circle and neolithic houses. The place is a real mystery, as no one knows for sure why Britons spent so much time on its construction, which started around 3000 BC, according to archeological findings.

A thousand years later, they added an inner circle of granite stones, then the main stones were erected around 1500 BC, the trilithons - two vertical stones topped by a horizontal one. Finally, they created the major circle of 30 massive vertical stones.

On the longest day of the year, Stonehenge usually hosts one of the most popular summer solstice celebrations on the 21st of June, where thousands of visitors come and watch the sun rise behind the Heel Stone.

"We hope that our live stream offers an alternative opportunity for people near and far to connect with this spiritual place at such a special time of year and we look forward to welcoming everyone back next year," says Nichola Tasker, director of Stonehenge.

Visit the English Heritage's website here for more information.