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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 did very much enjoy our trip to Ireland. All in all, we thought that the trip was well planned. We loved the Castle, that was a real treat to stay there on our first night in Ireland! We also thought that the Hotel in Killarney was very nice and we had a lovely large room overlooking the lake.
We really appreciated the day by day suggested agenda -- both the scenic plan, as well as the more direct one. We never accomplished all that we hoped --there is so much to see and do. We have decided that we must return.
We think that Irish tourism really contributed to our good experience. We definitely would recommend you to friends who are planning Irish vacations.
Mary Picard, Virginia, USA