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Stonehenge & Salisbury – A Photo Journal Series #9

All through my childhood, I had been mesmerized by those lonely pack of rocks standing under the calm azure sky amidst the bright green meadows, staring back at me from the 14″ CRT monitor. Perhaps Stonehenge’s claim to fame for the common man was its Window’s wallpaper incarnation but whilst that will remain debatable till the last of the Millennials are dead, I would rest the case in favor of the mysterious significance that Stonehenge conserves till date, making it one of the best known ancient wonders of the world.

Located about 90 miles south west of London, it is well connected by train from London’s Waterloo station to Salisbury, which is 10 miles from Stonehenge. There are buses from Salisbury station that will take you to Stonehenge.

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The first sighting of the Stonehenge from the approachway

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Beyond the circle of stones and into the British dales

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Thats me in a different age and time – I weigh nothing like this today!

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Up close and personal

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Already 2 hours into bewildering history and the sun decides to start its descent

Now on to the next destination, Salisbury, to catch the train back to London ofcourse but not before checking out the Salisbury Cathedral.

Salisbury Cathedral, built around 1258 CE, is an Anglican cathedral and one of the leading examples of Early English architecture. The cathedral has had the tallest church spire in the United Kingdom, at 404 feet (123m) and also has the largest cloister and the largest cathedral close in Britain (80 acres (32 ha)). It contains the world’s oldest working clock (from AD 1386) and has the best surviving of the four original copies of Magna Carta. [Source Wikipedia].

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The Cathedral at sunset. It is said to change color with the change in the angle of the sun’s rays. Due to the many installation of windows, whenever sunlight directly shines on top of the Cathedral the interior design changes from gray, causing the walls to turn golden

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The carvings at the front gate

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The church in its full sunset glory

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The church spire, tallest in Britain, towering over the autumn sky

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I couldn’t get enough of this view. There were even swans swimming around in the River Avon

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A bridge across the River Avon and you can see the swans in the background

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This is by far the my favourite shot of Salisbury

 

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