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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.
Tina and Liz -
I wanted to write and let you know how much my sister and I enjoyed our trip to Ireland November 14-24. We had such a wonderful time. Your country is beautiful and it was a lovely place for us to make our first visit overseas. The people in Ireland were so friendly. We enjoyed all the extras you booked for us a well. The Ring of Kerry tour was something I am glad we didn't miss. The Medieval Banquet at Bunratty was great.
The accommodations you booked us from the bed and breakfasts, hotels and the night in the Castle were the best. The proprietors of the bed and breakfast establishments were so friendly and it felt like we were staying with family.
If I ever have the opportunity to recommend a company to help plan a trip to Ireland, I will most definitely tell them about IrishTourism.com. Your help in making this trip the best it could be is truly appreciated.
Renee & Michelle Wade, Virginia, USA