Should monuments be lit at night?

Dec 01, 2011 by
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Calls for Stonehenge to be lit at night are being resisted by stargazers. Is it really necessary to illuminate a monument? Stonehenge is one of the most recognisable ancient monuments in the world. But if you’re driving along the A303 at night, the site is shrouded in darkness.

A debate has opened up on the letters pages of the Times over whether or not Stonehenge should be lit up in the evening. Many other World Heritage Sites, such as the Acropolis in Greece and the Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt, do not hide their lights under a bushel.

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