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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.
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You did a super job of planning our trip to Ireland. You gave us a good selection of places to visit and things to do. We enjoyed Kinsale for the coast line and the tour that gave us a verbal history of the area. The fish at "The Shack" was medium priced and superb. The gardens in the National Park in Killarney were beautiful. It is a good place to take pictures. Your Irish people are wonderful to tourist. They were helpful and friendly. Driving through the countryside was charming. Steve did a great job driving on the left side of the road but turned the car in at the Dublin airport. We loved Dublin. So I was glad we added that. We saw the gardens there and two art galleries. Steve and I have many good memories of our trip to Ireland. Thank you.
Louanna Emery, Dallas, Texas