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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.
We had a blast! Thanks for checking in. Over all - we had some wonderful places
I have to admit - that after all our travels - I still can't drive a stick shift! I managed to kill the van at some very interesting places! I managed to stop traffic in one town not only on the two streets, but on the sidewalks as well! My new nicknames are 'clutch and lerch'!
I have to admit - everyone was more than welcoming. We ended up the last night at Bunratty - and after closing two bars, we ended up 'crashing' a wedding! Actually, we heard the music and when we got in the hotel, the mother of the bride invited us to come in and join the party. Had a wonderful time - ended up leaving the hotel at 4:00 in the morning!!! Did also answer the age old question - what do men wear under their kilts! I learned more than I wanted to!!
Have a great day. Talk to you soon.
Danielle, Mckinney TX