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Astronomical Alignment

Below is an illustrated index of the 9 Astronomical Alignment profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.

  • Horca del Inca
    Copacabana, Bolivia
    A Pre-Inca site despite its popular name, this trilithic gate perched on the hillside is surrounded by pierced rocks that permit the sun's rays to shine onto the lintel during the solstices.
  • Hill of Tara
    County Meath, Ireland
    The Teamhair na Rí ("Hill of the King") is a stretch of grassy landscape that has played a central role in Ireland's history, legend, and folklore.
  • Krakus and Wanda Mounds
    Krakow, Poland
    These two prehistoric man-made mounds add a bit of mystery to Krakow's skyline. Their purpose remains unknown, but both are perfectly astronomically aligned with the sunrises of important Celtic days.
  • Machu Picchu
    Urubamba Valley, Peru
    This well-preserved ancient ceremonial site high on a mountain ridge in Peru contains the ruins of a large Inca palace, temples and other buildings.
  • Mnajdra Temples
    Qrendi, Malta
    The Mnajdra Temples are three conjoined Neolithic temples on the southern coast of Malta, ranging in dates from 3600 to 2000 BC. The southern temple is aligned with the solstices and equinoxes.
  • Newgrange
    County Meath, Ireland
    This great tomb-temple dates from 3200 BC, a thousand years before Stonehenge was built. It is astronomically aligned and includes some fascinating ancient rock art.
  • Stonehenge
    Wiltshire, England
    Dating from between 3000 and 2000 BC, Stonehenge is a circle of massive megaliths that weigh many tons, fit together perfectly, and are astronomically aligned.
  • Teotihuacán
    Mexico City, Mexico
    Constructed around 300 AD, this astonishing collection of pyramids was believed to be the center of creation. The massive stone pyramids are laid out according to astronomical alignments.
  • Tiwanaku
    This ancient city was the capital of a powerful pre-Inca civilization that dominated the Andean region between 500 and 900 AD. Its monumental remains include several temples, a pyramid, symbolic gates, monoliths and carvings.