Avebury Stone Circle Named World's Second Best Heritage Site (PHOTOS)

This stone circle beat out Machu Picchu and the Taj Mahal. And, no, it's not Stonehenge.
02/08/2013 08:57am ET | Updated February 9, 2013
AVEBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 07: Visitors walk besides the Neolithic stones at Avebury on February 7, 2013 in Wiltshire, England. A leading travel magazine has recently named the collection of stones - thought to have been constructed around 2600BC and the largest stone circle in Europe, as the second best heritage site in the world. The Wiltshire world heritage site has been placed ahead of much more recognisable sites including the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, Taj Mahal in India and the Forbidden City in China. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

In what might be considered a bit of an upset, Avebury, which could be known as the U.K.'s other stone circle, has been designated the second best World Heritage Site behind Mexico's Monte Alban by Which? Magazine.

The circle, which, according to the BBC, attracts some 250,000 visitors annually, was described by the magazine as "the best-preserved and most impressive complex of prehistoric sites in Europe." Avebury's small(ish) number of visitors has likely helped protect it much unlike China's 43 sites that are threatened by excessive tourism. In contrast, Stonehenge saw more than one million visitors in 2011 (excluding solstice celebrations and school groups), according to an English heritage website. Stonehenge, it should be noted, sits some 38 miles away from Avebury; curious visitors can access both via a walking trail that opened in 2011.

The site was deemed better than Machu Picchu, the Pyramids in Egypt and the Taj Mahal, all of which are often considered the bucket list of travelers, according to AOL Travel UK.

Avebury doesn't even make the top 10 of National Geographic's best World Heritage Sites.

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Avebury, The World's Second Best World Heritage Site?