Newgrange, Donore

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Newgrange is a prehistoric monument in County Meath, Ireland, located 8km west of Drogheda on the north side of the River Boyne. It was built during the Neolithic period, around 3200 BC, making it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. The site consists of a large circular mound with an inner stone passageway and chambers. Human bones and possible grave goods or votive offerings were found in these chambers. The mound has a retaining wall at the front, made mostly of white quartz cobblestones, and is ringed by engraved kerbstones. Many of the larger stones of Newgrange are covered in megalithic art. The mound is also ringed by a stone circle. Some of the material that makes up the monument came from as far away as the Mournes and Wicklow Mountains. There is no agreement about what the site was used for, but it is believed that it had religious significance. Its entrance is aligned with the rising sun on the winter solstice, when sunlight shines through a 'roofbox' and floods the inner chamber. Several other passage tombs in Ireland are aligned with solstices and equinoxes, and Cairn G at Carrowkeel has a similar 'roofbox'. Newgrange also shares many similarities with other Neolithic constructions in Western Europe, such as Maeshowe in Orkney, Scotland and Bryn Celli Ddu in Wales. It is the most famous monument within the Neolithic Brú na Bóinne complex, alongside the similar passage tomb mounds of Knowth and Dowth, and as such is a part of the Brú na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • Such a cool experience to be in the presence of such a marvel of tremendous significance. To think that people where able to build this on that time period! Amazing.  more »
  • Arrived and spoke to a lady who was sarcastic, dismissive, rude and extremely unhelpful. When we asked her name for our review she denied us the right. Don’t waste your time! Was a real shame as the s...  more »
  • Good luck finding it. Get tickets at the visitors center, which doesn't come up on maps and is some distance away. Otherwise I'm sure it's a very nice place to visit if you can get on the tour.
  • If you visit Ireland it would be silly to miss this gem. Even the bus ride to the site is lovely and we got to stop for a herd of cattle walking the main road. The guides on site are wonderful and funny. The place itself is a wondrous part of history, a must if archeology is one of your interests.
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