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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.
I just wanted to follow up with a huge Thank You to you for helping plan our wonderful trip to Ireland! We had a fabulous trip and the best decision of all was hiring the chauffeured coach. Our driver Joe O'Connor was absolutely terrific. He answered every question we asked, was extremely patient with us and provided us with such a wealth of information that we never would have learned on our own. The accommodations were great - especially the castles! We hope to return one day and maybe spend more time in the Northwest (County Mayo - where the McHale's are from). We would certainly be in touch with you again. Please pass the word on to Joe how much we enjoyed his guidance and wisdom.
Julie McHale, Annapolis MD