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"WHEEL OF GHOSTS" - RUJM EL-HIRI

One of the world's most mysterious archaeological sites, Rujm el-Hiri in the Golan Heights is a wide series of perfectly shaped stone rings, which unique geometry can be only properly disclosed from the air.


Rujm el-Hiri has plenty of theories surrounding its use, with none having a single proof. The target of building the site stays a complete mystery. Was it a Temple? A Memorial? An Astronomical Site of the Ancients?

Rujum el-Hiri

The sign leading to the site

The name Rujm el-Hiri in Arabic means "stone heap of wild cats". The Hebrew name used for the site is Gilgal Refaim, which means "Wheel of Spirits" or "Wheel of Ghosts", and for a good reason.


It is made from 37,500-40,000 tons of partly worked stone stacked some 6.5 feet high, having a diameter of 520 feet. The site is often referred to as the "Stonehenge of the Middle East".


Rujum el-Hiri view

Drone' view of the site


With no organic data to sample, the actual age of the construction is impossible to determine, but it was most likely created between 5,000- 4,000 years ago, much before the invention of writing and definitely before the pyramids were built in Egypt.

Tomb' entrance


The megalithic wonder consists of five circles of piled up basalt rocks surrounding a central cairn. Other smaller stone lines connect the rings in places creating a definitely meaningful but unexplained design.