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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.
Thanks for following up. I wanted to thank you again for all of your wonderful suggestions and bookings. The detailed itinerary was a huge help in planning our days.
The accomodations were really great, with one exception: Cassidy's in Dublin was pretty shabby, but this was offset by its location close to everything downtown.
The castles were lovely, each with their own charms and flavours. My daughter's favourite place to stay was probably the Killarney B&B. The breakfasts were terrific, and the hosts extremely welcoming. As far as photos go, .....are you on Facebook? I've posted 3 albums so far of our trip, and you're welcome to view them if you add me as a friend.
Again Stephanie, thank you so much for your hard work. I won't hesitate to suggest your company to others venturing into Guinness-land.
Sue Taylor, Victoria, BC