Of all the wonders of the ancient world, Stonehenge is perhaps one of the most visited and well-known monuments to man’s ingenuity and creativity. Dating from nearly 3,000 years before Christ, millions of visitors from across the globe visit this awe-inspiring site each year regardless of race, religion, or personal belief system. Although only fifty years ago most were only aware of this site through newspaper clippings or photographs, with the dawn of modern transportation and the information revolution the popularity of Stonehenge has increased tremendously. Let us briefly examine an innovative and exciting way to discover this world famous destination.
As anyone who has ever visited this location will attest to the power of Stonehenge that can be felt when standing amongst the stones and the verdant grasses underfoot. This experience is now further enhanced with the help of many modern apps for the smartphone. One intriguing application, Stonehenge Experience, has been created which allows the visitor to download images of what the site would have resembled in prehistoric times. While this application can be viewed from anywhere in the world, the true magic is experienced when one is physically within the stone circles themselves. This application has a virtual reality program built-in and should the visitor access the program on-site, the phone will actually simulate where he or she is standing in regards to the prehistoric layout. The moving images are then updated in real-time as the person travels to various locations within the site. Never before has there existed such a distinct marriage of ancient and modern technology and this application allows the viewer to experience both the present and the past at the same time. This can further heighten what will already be an unforgettable experience.
The Stonehenge Experience app is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod. Website: stonehengeexperience.co.uk.
It is still unknown what the exact reasons for Stonehenge’s construction were. Some say it was an antenna for the gods while others suggest it was rooted in more astronomical purposes. Regardless of the original purpose, with modern technology this testament to man’s everlasting ingenuity continues to captivate the world.