Its original purpose is unclear but some have speculated that Stonehenge was a temple made for the worship of ancient earth deities. It has also been called an astronomical observatory for marking significant events on the prehistoric calendar.
Others claim that Stonehenge was a sacred site for the burial of high-ranking citizens from the societies of long ago. Whatever its purpose when built, it makes a great day out to visit.
The stones you can see today represent Stonehenge in ruin. You can no longer walk among them.
Many of the original stones have fallen or been removed by previous generations for home construction or road repair. There has also been serious damage to some of the smaller bluestones resulting from close visitor contact (prohibited since 1978) and the prehistoric carvings on the larger sarsen stones show signs of significant wear.