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Stonehenge Summer Solstice Means It's Summer Until Sept. 22

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Summer solstice at Stonehenge on Wednesday. (Rex Features via AP Images)

By    |   Thursday, 22 Jun 2017 08:44 AM

Stonehenge’s summer solstice drew a large crowd in England on Wednesday as about 13,000 people watched sunrise at the ancient monument at 4:52 a.m. British time, according to the BBC News. Now it's summer until Sept. 22 in the Northern Hemisphere.

English Heritage, which looks after more than 400 historic monuments, buildings and places in the United Kingdom, opens Stonehenge every year for the solstice, giving people a rare chance to see monument up close.

Wiltshire Police told BBC the gathering was peaceful, with a handful of arrests for "mostly drug-related" incidents.

"This was a successful policing operation with only seven arrests, and we are glad that attendees were able to enjoy the celebrations in a friendly and positive manner as they waited for the sunrise," Superintendent Dave Minty to the BBC News.

Security also was beefed up in light of several recent terror attacks in London and Manchester.

The Telegraph said Stonehenge is seen a sacred site for some and has been a place of worship and celebration for summer solstice for thousands of years. The exact purpose of the mysterious circle of Stonehenge still remains unknown.

Believed to be built in three phases from 3,000 B.C. and 1,600 B.C., the huge stones were brought from the bluestones of Preseli Hills, more than 150 miles away, with the sarsens probably from the Marlborough Downs, 19 miles north, said The Telegraph.

Pagans have longed believed the summer solstice – known also as the midpoint of the growing season – holds a special power. Midsummer's eve was believed to be a time when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest and when fairies were thought to be at their most powerful.

The summer solstice is celebrated in many British towns and villages annually.

Many shared video and photos of the Stonehenge Sumer Solstice on social media.

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Stonehenge’s summer solstice drew a large crowd in England on Wednesday as about 13,000 people watched sunrise at the ancient monument at 4:52 a.m. British time, according to the BBC News. Now it's summer until Sept. 22 in the Northern Hemisphere.
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