Monday, August 18, 2014

Sights to See: Newgrange, Dublin, Ireland


Newgrange  30 miles northwest of Dublin, in the Boyne Valley.  


Newgrange site near Dublin, Ireland
Dating back to 4000 B.C., this UNESCO World Heritage Site holds a prehistoric tomb that is older than both Stonehenge in England and the pyramids in Egypt.  


tomb entrance at Newgrange site near Dublin, Ireland
The tomb entrance is a narrow passage made of large stones that leads into a covered burial chamber.  During the winter solstice, the rising sun shines through a small opening above the tomb's doorway and illuminates the chamber, which is at other times pitch black.  An interpretive center with a small cafe are nearby.  Two more passage tombs--Knowth and Dowth—are in the area.  Day tours from Dublin are available.
 

Newgrange Farm--a working farm with animals to feed and pet--is especially fun for children and just a few miles down the road. 



Monasterboice high cross site near Dublin, Ireland
Monasterboice  This graveyard holds one of the best preserved high crosses in Ireland. 

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images ©2014 Carole Terwilliger Meyers 

3 comments:

  1. Wow, that's old. And I thought Stonehenge was ancient. Coming from Western Australia where old tombs are few, but dinosaur footprints can be found, it's such a different landscape.

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  2. Older than Stonhenge and The Pyramids? Amazing.Thank you for taking me to a place I may never visit!

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  3. "the rising sun shines through a small opening above the tomb's doorway and illuminates the chamber," Reminds me of a scene from Indiana Jones. ;)

    Interesting that it dates prior to the pyramids.

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