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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 was actually just getting ready to email you when I saw your email. My husband and I absolutely had time of our lives on our trip...if it wasn't for our dog waiting for us at home, we might not have come back! We felt like it was a great mix of relaxing and seeing all the great things Ireland has to offer. We could not be happier with how the trip was planned and turned out for us. I have attached a few pictures for you. Thank you so much for all of your help...you really helped make this amazing trip so easy and enjoyable for us!
Again thanks for helping us plan such a fabulous vacation!!
Patty Fisher, St. Louis, USA