Sunday, July 29, 2012


Newgrange, a site with one enormous passage tomb and a few standing stones, was built around 3200 BC. Its entrance was designed to alignwith the rising sun on the winter solstice, and it still does so, even though the entire passage is no longer fully lit since the position of the earth has changed slightly in the intervening 5,000 or so years. The reconstruction of its surrounding wall, made up of dark and light stones, is dramatic, as is its entrance with a massive carved stone and a window over the door which is where the sun actually shines in.

Although it has some carved stones similar to those at Knowth, most are too worn to photograph well:
Newgrange has a few standing stones and a henge, as well.

As at Knowth, the tomb has a commanding view of the Boyne and the Boyne River valley.

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