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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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We must say that we thoroughly enjoyed our 7 nights trekking around Ireland! We saw and did plenty of things while we were there. Your recommendation to stay in the Castle was a great one, it was the best accommodation we stayed in. In saying that, all the accommodation was great and the people running the B&Bs couldn't have been any friendlier.
I've attached a couple of photos that you might find useful for your web site. Most of our photos either don't have any of us in them or are photos of us without much of a background. The photo with me and the farmhouse in the background is the house they used when filming Father Ted. It was a bit of a drive to get there, but as a fan of the show it was worth it for a laugh!
Thanks for all your help with organising our trip. It definitely was one of the highlights of our honeymoon.
Terry Mulkearns, Bayswater, Western Australia