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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.
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I wanted to thank you for putting together such an awesome trip (mcreynolds group) for us last week. I'm sure I can speak for our entire group by saying it was a trip of a lifetime. In fact, Andrew said to me half way through, "please don't tell my wife, but this is the best vacation I have ever taken". Hilarious...
On a personal note, I want to make sure you are aware of the tremendous job Willie did for us from start to finish! I was incredibly impressed with the way in which he carried himself! You are fortunate to have an employee of such tremendous character and I will go out of my way to recommend your company and Willie's service.
Again, thank you and I look forward to our next trip!
Christopher B. Lundmark, USA