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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 an absolutely wonderful time in Ireland. The itinerary and directions were great. All the accommodations were great. The host and hostess in Galway were especially nice and helpful also. We didn't really have any bad experiences other than the normal stuff you put up with when you travel..
Oh one last thing. Our flight arrived at 5:30 AM and the Hotel let us check in around 7:30 AM. That really helped us as we rested and it seemed like we had an extra day because we were able to rest then enjoy a bit of Dublin before we started going to other cities and towns.
Thanks you for everything. We hope to return someday.
Kathy White, USA