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Megaliths

Below is an illustrated index of the 12 Megaliths profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • Almendres Cromlech
    Alentejo, Portugal
    Boasting a spectacular hillside location among olive and cork trees, this stone circle is the most important megalithic site in Portugal. Its 96 standing stones were arranged in an oval in 5000-4000 BC.
  • Almendres Menhir
    Alentejo, Portugal
    This single standing stone is 3 meters high and astronomically aligned with the nearby Almendres Cromlech.
  • Anta Grande do Zambujeiro
    Alentejo, Portugal
    This prehistoric dolmen dates from c.4000-3500 BC. It is the largest dolmen in Europe.
  • Avebury Henge
    Avebury, England
    Constructed around 2500 BC, Avebury is the largest prehistoric stone circle in Britain. It boasts not only ancient mysteries but a pleasant setting amidst Avebury village and green fields.
  • Callanish Stones
    Isle of Lewis, Scotland
    This atmospheric site on the Isle of Lewis dates from 2900-2600 BC. It consists of a large stone circle surrounding a burial chamber, with four avenues of stones forming a cross shape.
  • Carnac Stones
    Carnac, France
    Located in a village in Brittany, northwestern France, the Carnac Stones are a huge system of more than 3,000 prehistoric standing stones erected between 4500 and 2000 BC.
  • 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.
  • Easter Island (Rapa Nui)
    Chile
    Easter Island (Polynesian: Rapa Nui; Spanish: Isla de Pascua) is an island in the South Pacific belonging to Chile, famous for its colossal statues.
  • Merry Maidens
    Cornwall, England
    Located in rural Cornwall near Land's End, the Merry Maidens are a perfect stone circle made of 19 granite stones.
  • 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.
  • Tiwanaku
    Bolivia
    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.
  • West Kennet Long Barrow
    Wiltshire, England
    This prehistoric burial site near Avebury was in use between 3700 and 2000 BC. Visitors can enter the barrow, which contains five atmospheric ancient chambers.