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               Callanish Sunset     


The Callanish Stones, also called the Calanais, are made of Lewisian gneiss. They overlook Loch Roag on the west side of Lewis Isle, Scotland. They were constructed some 4,000 years ago, or about 1800 BC.

Four limbs of the stone circle run out in a line following the four points of the compass.

The site is raised on a whaleback ridge, forming a cross (remembering that it was constructed nearly 2,000 years before the birth of Christ), with the remains of a Neolithic chambered cairn (burial site) and a single monolith in the centre. Ten smaller sites are scattered over the nearby area, one being Cnoc Ceann (Callanish II), and Cnoc Fhillibhir Bheag (Callanish III). 


Bathed in brilliant light, Callanish Sunset lingers in that brief moment between daylight and darkness, between the sun and the moon, where both forces work in complete harmony with each other.


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