Better than the Taj Mahal? Avebury named world's second best heritage site
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A panel of experts in the Which? Travel magazine have named Avebury in Wiltshire the second best heritage site in the world for tourists.
The stone circle, which attracts 250,000 visitors a year, came second only to Mexico's Monte Alban, and beat out other famous sites like India's Taj Mahal, Peru's Machu Picchu, and Egypt's great pyramids.
The sites were judged on 25 categories, including visitor experience, the preservation of the site and the holiday appeal of the local region.
Wiltshire Council's Stuart Wheeler told the BBC: "We have always known we have a wonderful piece of history on our doorstep and now we have official confirmation.
"Being placed second only to Mexico in providing visitors with the best heritage site experience in the world is a wonderful accolade."
The Which? report described the Unesco World Heritage site as "the best-preserved and most impressive complex of prehistoric sites in Europe".
According to the Daily Mail, Avebury is a Neolithic henge monument comprising of three stone circles.
The monuments are thought to have been constructed around 2600BC, and are the largest stone circles in Europe.
A Which? spokesperson said: "Avebury came an impressive second in our list of World Heritage sites with a score of 78%.
"Our experts found the idyllic rural setting, lack of crowds and freedom to wander freely through the historic site made for a rewarding visit."
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