Anadolu Agency
Amy McKeever

Thousands of people gathered at Stonehenge on Sunday morning to watch the sun rise on the summer solstice. According to reports, about 23,000 people in total joined this year's celebration, an annual event at the United Kingdom's iconic prehistoric monument. This number is a bit down from last year.

Celebrating the solstice at Stonehenge has long been popular in the UK. For many, it's an excuse for drunken revelry. For others, it's a pagan pilgrimage. But also, the solstice is one time of the year when English Heritage, the organization that oversees English historical sites, allows visitors access to the entire site, including the inner circle of stones which are normally only accessible.

Related: Why We Celebrate the Winter Solstice

With the smaller number of revelers at this year's summer solstice, so there were fewer reports of crime. The BBC reports that there were just nine arrests for drug offenses on Sunday and that the event was "positive and peaceful." As for the sunrise? It was bangin'. Check out the photos:

Related: When Is the Summer Solstice?

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Anadolu Agency

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Anadolu Agency

2015 Anadolu Agency
Anadolu Agency

2015 Anadolu Agency
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