Ancient Structures Mark the Winter Solstice

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The sun rises behind the Temple of Karnak during the alignment of the winter solstice sunrise to the temple in the southern Egyptian city of Luxor on December 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / STR / AFP / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

Tomorrow, December 21, is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year in regards to the number of daylight hours. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice marks the turning point in the calendar…the day that the sun begins to stay around longer and longer, signaling the coming Spring. People in antiquity figured this out pretty quickly. So important was the Winter Solstice that they even erected huge stone structures to herald the Winter Solstice. England’s Stonehenge is probably the most well-known of these monuments, but it certainly isn’t the only one. Let’s examine how ancient cultures around the world noted the coming of the Winter Solstice.