Newgrange | The Boyne Valley

February 5, 2017

The Boyne Valley region is an area of rich heritage and history found about 30 to 45 minutes North of

Dublin. This area is the location for most of Ireland's important historical events. The Boyne Valley hosts many major historical attractions most noteworthy would be Newgrange.


Newgrange is a 5200 year old burial chamber which is recognized as a world heritage site. Its believed that this chamber was build around 3200BC during the Neolithic period, making it older then the  Pyramids in Egypt and Stonehenge. Newgrange is an 85-Metre mound with a passage tomb running inside it. On the outside there are 97 large impressively decorated  kerbstones.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Newgrange is the event which occurs on water solstice. Every year around December 19th - 23rd a narrow been of light from the sun shines through an opening above the entrance down the passage of the chamber. This is astonishing considering the time when the Newgrange was built. To find out more look at the video below.


In order to visit Newgrange you can visit Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre on the south side of the river Boyne. http://www.newgrange.com/

 

 



 

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