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Beyond Stonehenge: the cities built to celebrate the sun - dormammu - 20-06-2018 05:31 PM

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o who’s heading to Milton Keynes to mark the summer solstice this year? Don’t scoff so quickly. It’s true that when it comes to equinox and solstice-watching, we tend to think first and foremost about ancient sites, from the pyramids of Giza to Angkor Wat. For the British, all eyes turn towards Stonehenge, where, viewed from the centre of the stone circle at dawn, the sun rises directly above the in more or less perfect alignment. But do you really want to be a part of what English Heritage, doing its bureaucratic best to get into the vibe, is calling ? Me neither. Stonehenge? Stonehasbeen more like.

Milton Keynes may once have evoked images of suburban dystopia with endless roundabouts, concrete cows and grey-faced commuters waiting for the 07:22 to Euston, but there’s another side to MK. If you don’t fancy hanging with patchouli-scented pagans, wildly dressed wiccans, staff-bearing druids, new age spiritualists and red-eyed stoners at Stonehenge, then this carefully planned town might offer a more original spot in which to worship the rising sun on the longest day of the year. For hidden among its many distinctions (22 million trees and shrubs, 20,000 parking spaces, 130 roundabouts, home to WD-40 lubricant production) is the sensational secret that it was actually designed as . Who knew?

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/jun/18/beyond-stonehenge-the-cities-built-to-celebrate-the-sun?CMP=share_btn_tw