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Quick visit to iconic Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral

Archaeologists believe Stonehenge was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC; it consists of a ring of standing stones, with each standing stone around 13 feet high, 7 feet wide and weighing around 25 tons

Archaeologists believe Stonehenge was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC; it consists of a ring of standing stones, with each standing stone around 13 feet high, 7 feet wide and weighing around 25 tons

Lee and I agreed that Stonehenge looks just like the photos although it seems more compact in person; Stonehenge is 8 miles NW of Salisbury

Lee and I agreed that Stonehenge looks just like the photos although it seems more compact in person; Stonehenge is 8 miles NW of Salisbury

This stone is an exact replica of one of the remaining stones at Stonehenge; it weighs 28 tons so visitors could see how difficult it was to move and position the stones

This stone is an exact replica of one of the remaining stones at Stonehenge; it weighs 28 tons so visitors could see how difficult it was to move and position the stones

There are many large mounds called cursus around Stonehenge; built around 3500 BC, their exact purpose is unknown but it is believed to be ceremonial

There are many large mounds called cursus around Stonehenge; built around 3500 BC, their exact purpose is unknown but it is believed to be ceremonial

We didn't have long to spend at Stonehenge due to visiting on Sunday and trying to see Salisbury on the same day; there is a small museum and visitor's center nearby

We didn't have long to spend at Stonehenge due to visiting on Sunday and trying to see Salisbury on the same day; there is a small museum and visitor's center nearby

The train from Bath to Salisbury takes an hour; trains in the UK are notoriously overpriced, late and overcrowded (some people had to stand the entire trip since there were only 2 carriages)

The train from Bath to Salisbury takes an hour; trains in the UK are notoriously overpriced, late and overcrowded (some people had to stand the entire trip since there were only 2 carriages)

The Westbury white horse is 180 feet tall and 170 feet wide and carved into the chalk hillside between Bath and Salisbury; the age of the horse is unknown although there are records of it being restored in 1778

The Westbury white horse is 180 feet tall and 170 feet wide and carved into the chalk hillside between Bath and Salisbury; the age of the horse is unknown although there are records of it being restored in 1778

The early English Gothic-style Salisbury Cathedral used 60,000 tons of stone, 2800 tons of oak and 420 tons of lead; the cathedral is enormous at 442 feet long

The early English Gothic-style Salisbury Cathedral used 60,000 tons of stone, 2800 tons of oak and 420 tons of lead; the cathedral is enormous at 442 feet long

Salisbury Cathedral has the largest cloister in Britain; the best preserved copy of the Magna Carta is on display at the cathedral (there was an attempted theft in Oct 2018)

Salisbury Cathedral has the largest cloister in Britain; the best preserved copy of the Magna Carta is on display at the cathedral (there was an attempted theft in Oct 2018)

Built between 1327 and 1342, the High Street gate is the main point of entry into Salisbury Cathedral; the gate is locked at 11:00pm every night and opened again at 6:00am

Built between 1327 and 1342, the High Street gate is the main point of entry into Salisbury Cathedral; the gate is locked at 11:00pm every night and opened again at 6:00am

On March 4, 2018, former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury with a Novichok nerve agent

On March 4, 2018, former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury with a Novichok nerve agent

The mayor of Salisbury built this house in 1470; the house is now a movie theater in this city of 41,000 people

The mayor of Salisbury built this house in 1470; the house is now a movie theater in this city of 41,000 people

This is the world's oldest working mechanical clock, built in 1386; the hourly bell has been removed so as to not interrupt worship services

This is the world's oldest working mechanical clock, built in 1386; the hourly bell has been removed so as to not interrupt worship services

This is the only medieval bell still remaining at Salisbury Cathedral; without the addition of buttresses, bracing arches and anchor irons, the additional 6400 tons of weight the spire and tower added would have caused it to collapse

This is the only medieval bell still remaining at Salisbury Cathedral; without the addition of buttresses, bracing arches and anchor irons, the additional 6400 tons of weight the spire and tower added would have caused it to collapse

The Prisoners of Conscience Window (1980) is designed to provoke Christian response to oppression, violence and injustice

The Prisoners of Conscience Window (1980) is designed to provoke Christian response to oppression, violence and injustice

This windlass system is one of only four like it in the world; it was used to pull heavy blocks up to the tower from the floor of the cathedral

This windlass system is one of only four like it in the world; it was used to pull heavy blocks up to the tower from the floor of the cathedral

We took the 2 hour tower climb tour of Salisbury Cathedral; it's the only way you can climb to the top of the tower

We took the 2 hour tower climb tour of Salisbury Cathedral; it's the only way you can climb to the top of the tower

There is currently scaffolding in the center of the church around the choir area so that you can't see down the nave to the other end of the cathedral

There is currently scaffolding in the center of the church around the choir area so that you can't see down the nave to the other end of the cathedral

Jay Z launched his broadly disappointing album Magna Carta Holy Grail here at Salisbury Cathedral; admission to the cathedral is free although donations are requested

Jay Z launched his broadly disappointing album Magna Carta Holy Grail here at Salisbury Cathedral; admission to the cathedral is free although donations are requested

Lee is adding a moment of levity into a crazy day of tight scheduling to see as much as possible; fortunately, Lee is used to my travel planning and takes it all in stride

Lee is adding a moment of levity into a crazy day of tight scheduling to see as much as possible; fortunately, Lee is used to my travel planning and takes it all in stride

The Salisbury Cathedral has the tallest church spire in the UK (404 ft) and the largest cathedral close (the area immediately surrounding the cathedral) in Britain at 80 acres

The Salisbury Cathedral has the tallest church spire in the UK (404 ft) and the largest cathedral close (the area immediately surrounding the cathedral) in Britain at 80 acres

This is the reflection of stained glass windows as seen in the baptismal font; the font was added in 2008 to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the cathedral

This is the reflection of stained glass windows as seen in the baptismal font; the font was added in 2008 to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the cathedral

The additional weight of the spire has caused the four central pillars to buckle so that the spire measured 75 cm off true in 1668; additional measurements have been taken since but no changes have been detected

The additional weight of the spire has caused the four central pillars to buckle so that the spire measured 75 cm off true in 1668; additional measurements have been taken since but no changes have been detected

The Salisbury Cathedral is bounded on three sides by the RIver Avon; the fields around Salisbury were mainly hay fields with some grazing by sheep and cattle

The Salisbury Cathedral is bounded on three sides by the RIver Avon; the fields around Salisbury were mainly hay fields with some grazing by sheep and cattle

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