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Visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre to learn about the burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth, both of which are over 5,000 years old and visit one of the tombs. Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Newgrange was built during the Neolithic Age by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley. Knowth and Dowth are similar mounds that together with Newgrange have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Archaeologists classified Newgrange as a passage tomb, however, Newgrange is now recognised to be much more than a passage tomb. Ancient Temple is a more fitting classification, a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance, much as present day cathedrals are places of prestige and worship where dignitaries may be laid to rest.
The Great Mound at Knowth is similar in size to Newgrange and is surrounded by 18 smaller satellite mounds.
We had a wonderful time thank you very much and think Ireland is a very beautiful country. Even the weather was pretty good too! All the
B&B's were first class and we were made to feel very welcome. The hotels were also very good and well situated. Your directions were
very helpful and we had no trouble in finding them all.
The itinery you planned out for us was first class and enabled us to see a great deal of Southern Ireland in the 11 days.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH - WE WILL RETURN!
Rose & Tony Winter, England