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  Topic: Forget the Taj Mahal...
try Wiltshire´s own wonder
of the world: Avebury´s stone
monument names second best
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Forget the Taj Mahal...
try Wiltshire´s own wonder
of the world: Avebury´s stone
monument names second best
heritage sight

Daily Mail (UK), by Luke Salkeld

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Posted By:JoniTx, 2/10/2013 5:14:25 PM

Compared with the splendour of the pyramids or the majesty of the Taj Mahal, it may appear a fairly modest creation. But a field of stone monuments in Wiltshire has been named as the second best heritage site in the world. The collection of Neolithic stones in Avebury has been placed ahead of much more recognisable sites including the Valley of the Kings in Egypt and the Forbidden City in China. Experts at Which? Travel magazine placed Mexico’s ancient city of Monte Alban in first place. The panel used criteria including the preservation of the site and appeal


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ravencottage, 2/10/2013 5:34:44 PM     (No. 9169150)

I´ve been there and it is truly extraordinary.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 2/10/2013 5:51:44 PM     (No. 9169169)

I´ve also been to Avebury - - and yes, it´s extraordinary - - but - - I don´t think it compares with the "alignements" at Carnac in Brittany or the cave paintings at Lascaux in the Dordogne as far as prehistoric wonders go.

The Frainch were robbed!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: belwhatter, 2/10/2013 5:54:03 PM     (No. 9169178)

Agree #1. The ancient past lives on in Avebury: there is a haunting sense of mysticism and time eternal felt amid those stones. Set in the chalk hills of Wiltshire, mounds and chalk figures drawn eons ago. The village welcomes visitors - if you should go there, take your sixth sense with you.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: neanderthal, 2/10/2013 6:25:27 PM     (No. 9169211)

I wouldn´t trade a half dozen TAj Mahals for one Hagia Sophia. Too bad the Moslems don´t take care of heritage sites as the Indians (and others) take care of Moslem sites (such as the T. M.).

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Bpl40, 2/10/2013 7:08:18 PM     (No. 9169253)

#4, the Taj Mahal is NOT built by Muslims. Carbon dating the wood from its basement shows the year AD 300. Indian legend has it that it was built by the Hindu king Anangpal at that time. Later passed on to a Rajput royal family in service of the Moghuls. There are written records of compensation paid to Raja Mansingh by the Emperor Shah Jehan to acquire the building. Frontal stones were turned around to sculpt in verses from the Koran. We in the West have very little idea of the true history of these places. I am sure the same applies to the Pyramids and the Spinx.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: neanderthal, 2/10/2013 7:30:29 PM     (No. 9169276)

#5. "Legend has it" does not carry as much weight as the written history of anything.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/10/2013 7:41:26 PM     (No. 9169288)

Drag you lazy turista butt out to Giza.

Take a long hard look and then get back to me about this place.

This is a British Travel Office Brochure.

Mexico, however has some beauties.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: realrep, 2/10/2013 8:39:08 PM     (No. 9169340)

Thanks for posting. My grandfather was born in Wiltshire.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Dixie, 2/10/2013 11:53:21 PM     (No. 9169501)

I knew a lot more about Avebury than the average tourist when I visited it years ago.

Since then, I´ve learned a lot more about it and I wish I could go back. The place is haunting; it grips you and won´t let you go. Stonehenge, which I saw on the same day, is magnificent and impressive...but one is kept at a distance from it...invited to look but not touch. At Avebury, I walked the circle and touched each stone. I looked at each closely and tried to imagine what the designers were thinking when they decided where each particular stone would best be set. I could see differences in the stones, but I did not then (and do not now) have enough information to see why the taller stone was placed in one place and the shorter, heavier stone in another...

Avebury does not let you go. It isn´t a bad thing at all to have Avebury surface in your mind now and then. And then there´s the buried pyramid at nearby Silbury Hill...which might yield some answers, and surely engender more questions.

If I could "time travel", I´d go BACK (not forward), and find out about all the fascinating places and events in the earliest history of mankind.

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