Stonehenge is one of the best-known Neolithic sites in all the world, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that people have been creating replicas of the famous site for years. All over the planet, people have thrown stones, pillars, and even cars into the familiar circular pattern found in Wiltshire, England.
There are tons of these homages to Stonehenge all over the world, but not every Stonehenge replica is worth visiting. If you're on the hunt to see some truly awe-inspiring faux monuments, you should add these to your next trip itinerary when traveling.
Steel Henge - Rotherham, England
Rotherham, England's homage to Stonehenge is built of steel to honor the local area's contribution to industrial efforts. Steel Henge was built upon the site of the old Templeborough steelworks and was constructed as part of the city's £15 million flood alleviation scheme. "Steel Henge represents the industrial past of the site so that visitors can experience the weights and volumes of metal that were produced here," says Ian McGowan who oversees maintenence of the site.
The site is built to reflect the solstice, just like the original Stonehenge, though it isn't built to scale. The entire area is open to the public, with special emphasis placed upon the solstice, which helps capture the sun by lining up shadows with the grooves in the metal.
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Stonehenge - Odessa, Texas
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Stonehenge was built in 2004 by two stoneworkers, Connie and Brenda Edwards. The university decided to build a nearly full-size replica of Stonehenge so it could be used as both a teaching tool and a draw for tourism. The replica took six weeks to complete, and is constructed of limestone slabs standing 19 feet tall and weighing in at 20 tons each.
The replica is slightly smaller than the original, though it is astronomically accurate. You can check it out for yourself the next time you pass through Odessa, Texas.
Missouri S&T Stonehenge - Rolla, Missouri
The Missouri S&T Stonehenge replica is a partical reconstruction of the ancient megalith structure, which is far more artistic than it is accurate to the original. It holds the distinction of being the largest monument to be cut with a waterjet.
The site was dedicated in June 1984 on the northwest edge of the campus. The school used nearly 160 tons of granite to construct the site. You can visit it the next time you're on campus, as it is open to the public.
Stonehenge II - Ingram, Texas
There's a rather odd grouping of monuments in Ingram, Texas, thanks to an art project started by Al Shepperd. Mr. Shepperd received a limestone slab from his neighbor, Doug Hill, back in 1989, but instead of using it for a normal building, he stood it up and positioned it vertically. Within a year, he had bankrolled several frameworks of plaster and steel to recreate Stonehenge from that one piece of limestone.
The art project was erected in the middle of Shepperd's pasture and is approximately 90% as wide and 60% as tall as the original. If you are there to see Stonehenge II, don't stop there, since Mr. Shepperd also erected two 13-foot-tall Easter Island heads nearby. Currently, the replicas are stationed about eight miles east of Shepperd's land, which came about after his passing when the land was sold. The new owners wanted to knock it all down, but the locals rallied for their salvation, and they were trucked off-site so they could remain a popular roadside attraction.