New­grange — 5000 years old


50km from Dublin 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 or New Stone 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 national bus com­pany Bus Eire­ann have tours to both New­grange and also the beau­ti­ful Glen­dalough in the Wick­low mountains


The web­site of New­grange: http://​www​.new​grange​.com/