Sites from many cultures include markers of sunrise or sunset at the solstice.
At Newgrange, Ireland, an ancient tomb is aligned so that, on the winter solstice, sunlight illuminates a passageway and stone carvings at the end of a chamber.
At Glastonbury, England, the sun rises at the base of an ancient man-made hill and then rises along the line.
In a palace at Knossos, Crete, a south-facing window at a palace was aligned so that, from the throne, the sun rose at the right-most point at the winter solstice, and at the left-most point at summer solstice.
More recently, some churches have been aligned with the solstice sun.
At the Old Mission. San Juan Bautista, California, once a year, at the winter solstice, a sunbeam passes through the church’s front window and illuminates the altar and aisle.