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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.
Thank you for organising our delightful holiday in Ireland. Everything went without a hitch...the accommodation, the car and especially the wonderful weather you turned on for our week.
Two B&B's were particularly outstanding.... the one in Killarney and Tom and Maries place in Galway were especially wonderful, but all B&B hosts were great ambassadors for your wonderful country. They were all so helpful, friendly and charming and such a contrast to the more impersonal attention which seems to be given in hotels.
Thank you again for all the information you sent us which was most helpful in providing a background and a bit of history to all the places we visited.
Keep up the great work!!
Maureen & John Critchley, London, England