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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, first of all, send you our sincere thanks for the planning of our trip to Ireland last month. The planing was perfect, the hotels first class, the car very good and finally, the guide driver, the most wonderful person we knew in this two weeks in your country.
He is a very educated person, incridibly helpful, courteous, and allways ready to atend to our needs. You know, in a country we visited for the first time, sometimes we felt lost and a litle bit ignorants, and he tried to show us all the best you have there, including, guessing what we like to see and know. He was very patient with us, considering the language barrier, for our english is a litle bit not satisfactory.We ask you to notice our delite of having him as our companion to the company he works for.;
And to you, we say we will tell our friends who want to visit Ireland to do through your companie, and ask for your help.
Tereza Koch Cavalcanti., Brazil