Avebury's stone monuments branded better heritage site than Taj Mahal

Jan 22 2013, 19:53 IST
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SummaryThe site is praised because tourists can wander freely between the stones.

A field of stone monuments in Wiltshire has been named as the second best heritage site in the world by travel experts, leaving behind Indias iconic Taj Mahal and the pyramids of Egypt.

The collection of Neolithic stones in Avebury outscored more famous sites including the Valley of the Kings in Egypt and the Forbidden City in China.

The monuments, believed to have been constructed around 2600BC, are the largest stone circles in Europe, and a place of great importance to pagans, a media report said.

The site, which attracts more than 250,000 visitors a year, was praised because tourists can wander freely between the stones, unlike the more famous Stonehenge, also in Wiltshire, where the formations are roped-off.

Experts at Which? Travel magazine rated Mexicos ancient city of Monte Alban as world''s best heritage site.

The iconic Taj Mahal, in Agra city, India was placed in number seven and the ancient Pyramids of Egypt took the ten spot.

Travel magazine described the Unesco World Heritage site as the best-preserved and most impressive complex of prehistoric sites in Europe.

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