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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.
Thanks so much for all you did for us. Our trip waswonderful!! Our luggage was delayed two days, and that wasn't fun, butwe did eventually get it, so that's good. We really liked the places we stayed. Our only regret is that we didn't stay put for longer periods.
It was hard to check in and out of our lodging so often, but that was our choice! Next time, we'd like to pick a place and stay for 3 or 4
days and wander out from there. Thanks again, for setting this up for us. We had an incredible trip and do hope to return with the kids someday!
Colleen, Illinois, USA