Heavens above the Ale`s Stones
The band of the Milky Way is seen above the mysterious Ale’s Stones (Ales stenar in Swedish) at the southern coast of Sweden. This megalithic monument consists of a stone ship 67 meters long formed by 59 large boulders of sandstone, weighing up to 1.8 tonnes each. According to Scanian folklore, a legendary king called King Ale lies buried there. Stone ships were made around grave or cremation burial in form of surrounding stones in the outline of a ship. They were made for the vikings to travel to Valhalla (hall of the chosen dead) after they died. Click on the second photo to see another image of this location.