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Neolithic Sites

Below is an illustrated index of the 13 Neolithic sites 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dowth
    County Meath, Ireland
    Dowth is the least known of three passage tombs in Brú na Bóinne, Ireland. Unlike its neighbors, Dowth has not been thoroughly excavated and is not open to visitors. Fine megalithic art has already been discovered inside.
  • Ggantija Temples
    Gozo Island, Malta
    Located on Gozo Island in Malta, these two round prehistoric temples with statues of full-figured goddesses were dedicated to the Earth Mother.
  • Hagar Qim Temple
    Qrendi, Malta
    The 5,000-year-old Hagar Qim temple is the best-preserved of several ancient limestone temples in Malta. The temple is laid out on a clover-leaf shape of multiple apses with a forecourt and facade.
  • Knowth
    County Meath, Ireland
    Dating from about 3000 BC, Knowth consists of a large central mound surrounded by several smaller ones. It is especially important for its rich collection of megalithic art.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ring of Brodgar
    Orkney, Scotland
    Dating from around 2500 BC, this magnificent stone circle occupies a scenic location between two lakes on Orkney. Measuring nearly 104 m in diameter, it is the third largest stone circle in Britain.
  • Rollright Stones
    Oxfordshire, England
    This set of Neolithic monuments in Oxfordshire includes a stone circle, a portal-type burial chamber, and a single standing megalith, constructed over a long period between 4000 and 1500 BC.