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Obama visits ‘spectacular’ heritage site


US President Barack Obama tours Stonehenge in Amesbury, Wiltshire, England, on Friday.

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US President Barack Obama sought solace on Friday at the mystical, prehistoric UK monument of Stonehenge, relaxing after stressful days confronting Russian actions in Ukraine and rising extremist violence in the Middle East and Africa.

“How cool is this?” Obama said as he toured the iconic stone circles, believed to have erected across different eras beginning in about 3100 BC, as he stopped off on Salisbury Plain on the way back to Air Force One after a NATO summit in Wales.

“It’s spectacular. It’s spectacular. It’s a special place,” Obama said as he strolled among the huge stones, some weighing up to 23 tonnes, set up in two concentric rings.

Asked whether he had always wanted to tour the World Heritage site, Obama said: “Knocked it off the bucket list!”

Obama, who at one point stopped to talk to a local family, was accompanied by a tour guide, before wandering alone through the monument after the two-day summit at the Celtic Manor resort near Newport.

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