Avebury Stones, England

By | 2015-06-18T06:26:03+00:00 June 18, 2013|Categories: England, Europe, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: , |4 Comments

avebury stones englandJust down the road a few miles from Stonehenge are the stone circles at Avebury. Avebury is actually much larger than Stonehenge, with an outer circle that encompasses an entire later English village. Unfortunately, many of the original Avebury stones have been destroyed. Many of them were broken up to make, for example, the village church. Ironic that stones originally erected at Avebury to keep evil spirits out of a village were later seen as evil by the more modern inhabitants of the same ground.


  1. Suzanne Fluhr (Just One Boomer) June 18, 2013 at 2:02 am - Reply

    Avebury and Stonehenge have very different feels. At Stonehenge, visitors are now prohibited from entering the circle (henge); whereas, at Avebury people can walk around inside the site. You can even bring your sheep!

    • Tom Bartel June 18, 2013 at 2:53 am - Reply

      Suzanne, the sheep and goats were already kindly provided for our viewing pleasure. And they, in turn, provided more entertainment of the “watch your step” variety.

  2. Ken Titley June 18, 2013 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    From what I can see it looks as though Avebury Stones might be a contemporary art installation. But, of course, I’m reading Houellebecq right now.

  3. […] Yes, it’s a bit of a tourist cliche, but Stonehenge does amaze. When you look at Christian cathedrals and think of the religious fervor that inspired their construction and decoration, it all seems so calculated when compared to the raw power of a place like Stonehenge, or its neighbor down the road at Avebury. […]

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