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.
Mystical Horizons - Bottineau, North Dakota
While most Stonehenge replicas are designed to approximate the original site to near size and scale, Mystical Horizons reimagined the Neolithic site as a 21st-century Stonehenge. Mystical Horizons consists of six pink granite walls, which are situated in such a way as to function as a solar calendar. It was built in 2005, and has a dedication plaque that reads, "Dedicated to Jack Olson's vision of a Century 21 Stonehenge."
Mystical Horizons is open to the public, and is placed on a prairie with a "breathtaking view overlooking farmland west of the Turtle Mountains. Stone and cement structures are designed to view summer and winter solstice and the equinox," according to ndtourism.com.
Esperance Stonehenge - Esperance, Australia
The Esperance Stonehenge was built as a full-size replica of the original, and is designed to look as it would have in 1950 BC. There are 137 Esperance pink granite stones, which were all locally quarried to construct the site. Though it sits on the opposite hemisphere as the original, the Esperance Stonehenge was constructed to align with the summer and winter solstices in Australia.
Interestingly, the site was constructed 15,178 kilometers from the original, and approximately 5,000 years later. The Esperance Stonehenge is open to the public with limited hours, which are listed on the site's website.
Stonehenge Aotearoa - Ahiaruhe, New Zealand
Stonehenge Aotearoa was constructed as a full-scale working adaptation of the original so the people of New Zealand could enjoy visiting the Neolithic site without going to the bother of flying halfway across the globe to do so. The site was constructed by members of the Phoenix Astronomical Society as a modern adaptation of the original Stonehenge. It took two years to build and consists of 24 pillars standing 13 feet in height.
The Aotearoa Stonehenge was constructed to demonstrate the means by which ancient peoples studied and understood astronomy. Because it sits at a different latitude and longitude than the original, it isn't an exact replica. Some changes were made to preserve the astronomical properties, but it stands as the closest approximation to the original in New Zealand.
Achill-henge, Achill Island, Ireland
Achill-henge is a recent development, having been constructed over a single weekend in November 2011. The site was constructed on Achill Island by Joe McNamara, a property developer who built it as a protest, and without any planning permission. McNamara ended up spending a few days behind bars as a result of his protest; he argued he was exempt from planning rules because the site was an ornamental garden.
Though it was initially considered an eyesore, it wasn't long before the locals directed tourists to check it out. Achill-henge has remained despite the local government's opposition, and many people who have seen it recall it as a feat of engineering. Because it isn't on private land, it is open to the public.