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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.
Thank you so much for your help in planning our Ireland vacation. We had an amazing time and got to experience almost everything on the itinerary. The accommodations were superb, especially the hotel house in Killarney, and we all (especially my kids) enjoyed the Bunratty Castle dinner show. I would definitely recommend driving the Dingle Peninsula loop, as that was some of the most breathtaking scenery on this planet! This was by far the most amazing vacation we've experienced and I hope that we can return soon. I've attached some pictures, as requested, for the website. The first is my family at the Cliffs of Moher. The second is of me and my husband at St. Patrick's Cathedral. The last one is of my children at Powerscourt Gardens. Again, many thanks!
Blatt Family, Dairy Lane, Lavalette, WV