Salisbury & Stonehenge

I made the decision of going to Stonehedge because FIE provides students many options of popular places in London and its surroundings. I booked the field trip and it included Salisbury, a city in England that has a famous cathedral and its located 30 minutes away from Stonehenge. Salisbury was never in my plans, but since it included both places I really had no problem being able to visit another city in England. The bus left very early from Metrogate, and our first stop was Salisbury. The city is very small compared to London, but I liked it because you can feel the British culture – very different than in London with all the international people living and working there. So, we arrived and we had lunch in a nice place in front of their market. After eating, we went to the cathedral. It was very interesting because inside the cathedral they have the “Magna Carta” which is one of the most famous documents in the world. The tour guide was very useful because she explained to us the history about why that document is very important. I enjoyed this trip because I feel I really learned about English history and besides about learning what I liked the most about the Cathedral is that when we went inside there was a symphonic orchestra playing and it was such a beautiful experience. After the trip to the church, we went to Stonehenge.



Stonehenge is regarded as a British cultural icon. It is legally protected and the site and its surroundings were added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Stonehenge was produced by a culture that left no written records. Many aspects of Stonehenge, such as how it was built and which purposes it was used for, remain subject to debate. It is perhaps the world’s most famous prehistoric monument. It has been a mystery for scientists because no one actually explains how the stone where moved and build.Some people believe that the stones could have been brought to Salisbury Plain by the movement of glaciers, but most archaeologists think that they were transported by human effort. How this was done over a distance of more than 250 kilometers remains unknown, but it is probable the stones were both carried via water networks and hauled over land. Some people even argue that the stones were built and transported with the help of aliens! An important fact about this monument is that the main axis of the stones is aligned upon the solstitial axis. So in summer, the sun rises over the horizon to the north-east, close to the Heel Stone. In winter, the sun sets in the gap between the two tallest trilithons. The seasonal cycle was very important to the prehistoric people who built and used Stonehenge. This was an excellent adventure and something students must do while being in London because it’s only two hours way and FIE provides the service. You just have to get into their webpage and book the trip with them as part of the extra-curricular calendar. I fully recommend it because I learned a lot of things on the trip and I promise you wouldn’t regret it.







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