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Georgia Guidestones

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About Georgia Guidestones

Affectionately referred to as America’s Stonehenge, 19-foot high granite monuments called the Georgia Guidestones were built in 1980. Both a display of the local Georgia granite and an astronomical calendar, they are a popular tourist attraction.

History of Georgia Guidestones

In 1979, a man called Robert C. Christian approached granite cutting company Elberton Granite Finishing located in Elberton, Georgia, US. Elberton is known as the ‘Granite Capital of the World’, so Christian asked that the blocks of granite be cut on a scale that was larger than anything the county had seen before.

The slabs have inscriptions written in English, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew, Arabic, Hindi and Swahili. The inscriptions display a 10-part message which acts as a guide for humanity. The inscriptions have proved controversial, and have been accused of everything from originating from a cult to being a work of Satanism.

The Guidestones are also an astronomical calendar: every day at noon the sun shines through a narrow hole in the structure which illuminates an engraving of the day’s date. The words ‘Let these stones guide us to an age of reason’ are inscribed on the side in Babylonian cuneiform, Classical Greek, Sanskrit and Egyptian Hieroglyphics.

To situate the Guidestones, Christian bought a two-hectare property and granted the former owner the right to graze his cattle there forever. He then gifted it to Elbert County in the hope that they would protect the Guidestones. The stones were inaugurated on March 22, 1980, and began to attract visitors from all over the world.

Georgia Guidestones today

Today, the 19-foot high monument attracts tourists and locals alike. The deed of ownership forbids charging a fee to visit the Guidestones as well as the construction of permanent buildings on the land.

Conspiracies still rage around the stones, since it is unclear who exactly Robert C. Christian actually is, since all documents connected to the stones’ purchase were destroyed after it was built. It is also unclear who the original sponsors for the stones were.

Getting to Georgia Guidestones

The stones aren’t far from the city of Atlanta, Georgia. From Elberton, they’re just 15 minutes away from Lake Hartwell, and are located just off Guidestone Road in Elberton.