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    The Hill of Tara

    by globetrott Written Nov 13, 2014

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    The Hill of Tara

    The Hill of Tara is another sight close to Newgrange and it used to be the seat of some pre-historic Kings of Ireland and it used to be a holy place according to the irish mythology.
    There is not much to see except a few ruins like the one in my picture, the most important part of it is under the earth and the only way to see it is by an airplane.
    On the Hills of Tara you can walk on your own, no entrancefees or other restrictions !

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    a Neolithic Passage-Tomb

    by globetrott Updated Nov 13, 2014

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    a Neolithic Passage-Tomb

    Newgrange is an interesting remain of a Neolithic Passage-Tomb dating back more than 5000 years, as it was built during the Neolithic period around 3200 BC. That said, they are older than the egytian pyramides and/or Stonehenge ! But what you see nowadays there is mainly a reconstruction and an adaption of the tomb, in order to use it as a tourist-sight. You cannot enter it on your own, but only with a guide and in small groups and only a quite small number of tickets are sold each day !
    A lot of fuss is made about this place, there is a small museum and "visitor-centre", lots of parking-spaces, that you have to pay for and for a tour inside of that grave you have to queue up and wait quite some time before you will be able to enter through a narrow corrridor. No photos inside, just some informations about a really interesting detail : while it is almost completely dark in that tomb almost all year long, there are 5 days each year around the Winter Solstice, when the sun shines in for 17 minutes.
    What impressed me most is the giant dimensions of this passage-tomb, something that I found quite strange is the modern way that is was reconstructed !

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    The Entrance stone with megalithic art

    by globetrott Written Nov 13, 2014

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    The Entrance stone with megalithic art

    In this picture you will see the Entrance stone of the tomb with some megalithic art carved into the stone. The purpose of these decorations is unknown by the scientists, but it is remarkable, that these decorations will also be on places that are not visible at all.
    And then you will also see in this picture the seperate opening / window right above the entrance-door to the tomb and it is this opening that lets the sun shine in at the Winter Solstice, so the whole corridor and the camber are lighted for just 17 minutes each during 5 days of the year and the rest of the year the chamber and corridors stay dark.

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    The Newgrange Winter Solstice Lottery

    by globetrott Written Nov 13, 2014

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    The Newgrange Winter Solstice Lottery

    Every year there will be the Newgrange Winter Solstice Lottery and what you will be able to win is to be a witness of one of the biggest mysteries about Newgrange: While the tomb and it's corridor is completely dark almost all year long, it gets more and more light during the time of the Winter Solstice / Wintersonnenwende - between December 18th and 23rd each year. It starts with a tiny beam of light at dawn and finally the whole chamber becomes illuminated by the sun that shines through a small opening above the door of the tomb for a total length of just 17 minutes, so there will be only one group of tourists able to see it each day.
    Nobody knows the reason why the tomb was constructed that way, but something similar happens in Stonehenge and other remains of that time, so maybe there is a religious background for that or something similar.
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    About the Lottery: in 2014 more than 30.000 people applied for a ticket
    50 names will be drawn and they win 2 tickets each
    so that is 20 persons who are able to watch the phenomenon each on 5 days
    tickets are NOT transferable & not allowed to sell !!!
    In case the winner is not showing up there will be "spare winners"

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    Newgrange

    by WBeall Written Feb 18, 2013

    Newgrange was really interesting and everything in the museum was very clean and updates. As you enter the building you will sign up for a tour time, then you can walk around the museum and learn all about newgrange. When it is time for your tour you have to walk to the buses which is about a 5 min walk. The tour is interesting but we had a tour guide that was not very good. He had alot of theory's about newgrange and held back the facts. After our tour was over we stuck around and listened to the next tour guide and she was much better. After the tour of the tomb you can take the bus back and finish the museum. The parking lot is a good little walk as well but everything was wheelchair accessible.

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    Knowth

    by GeoV Written Mar 19, 2010

    Newgrange is the obvious passage tomb to visit in the Brú Na Bóinne complex, especially for the experience of entering the chamber. After that, Knowth might be considered as rather less interesting. However, Knowth has different features from Newgrange. It consists of a series of mounds, the largest of which it is possible to climb for a view of the whole area (including Newgrange itself). These mounds are surrounded by keystones carved with designs such as spirals, horseshoes and undulating lines dating back 5,000 years. Unlike Newgrange, it is not possible to visit one of the central chambers but you can see one of the passages (and look into similar passages in the smaller mounds). So, perhaps: Newgrange for what the solstice might be like - or the reality if you're very lucky; Knowth for the mysterious Neolithic art.

    Knowth burial mounds Main mound: keystone Main mound: keystone Main mound: keystone Passage to central chamber
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    Newgrange and Knowth

    by DEBBBEDB Updated Dec 7, 2009

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    On the advice of our B&B owner we went to Newgrange first. It was nice and quiet when we arrived, but very crowded when we left. We took tours of Newgrange and Knowth (both prehistoric burial sites). Newgrange is impressive - built around 3500BC, the mound is oriented in a way that allows the sun to shine down the passage only around the winter solstice (and 5000 years later it still works!). You can actually go down the tunnel and they simulate the winter solstice. Knowth, was about the same age, but the mound isn't as big (in fact there are lots of mounds) and you can't go in. In addition, someone has built a house that blocks the sun near the winter solstice so even if you could go in, the impressive light display doesn't work. They say that about 2/3 of the prehistoric art work that exists is on these two sites. Lots of spirals and shapes. Our son enjoyed making spirals with his foot in the gravel. Ummm.

    The opening hours are as follows:

    Nov to Feb 9.30 - 17.00
    March to April 9.30 - 17.30
    May 9.00 - 18.30
    June to mid-September 9.00 -19.00
    Mid - September to end September 9.00 - 18.30
    October 9.30 - 17.30

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    Bru na Boinne visitor centre

    by js77 Written May 19, 2007

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    Visiting Newgrange (as well as Knowth or Dowth) is allowed only through Bru na Boinne visitor centre. There is little museum in visitor centre with guides available in English and also French. You can buy also books about Ireland and particulary Newgrange there.

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    Newgrange

    by js77 Written May 19, 2007

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    Newgrange is Neolithic passage tomb built 5000 years ago. In fact, it is older the Egyptian pyramids. The white facade you can see on photos is reconstructed, but everything else is intact. Through very narrow passage you can get in the middle of the mound. No photo is allowed there so you must wait until you visit this place to know how it feels being inside the mound. Visiting Newgrange is allowed only with guided tour through Bru na Boinne visitor centre from where there are museum buses which will take you directly to the sites. It takes a little less than hour to visit the place.

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    Newgrange

    by BeerMe. Updated May 22, 2006

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    Once you step into the tomb you are transported back in time thousands of years (five to be precise). The sheer size of some of the stones and the decorative art covering them will leave you in awe. The main chamber in the rear of the tomb can get a little cramped, and claustrophobic (along with the rest of the tomb), so when the lights go out in order to demonstrate the light beam which shines in the tomb only on the winter solstice annually-prepare yourself.

    Almost all of the rocks inside the tomb are covered with graffiti, but before you get angry, understand that the graffiti too is ancient history ranging from the 1700's onward. It is a sight to see in itself-and a funny one at that. How can you get mad at John from 1788?

    You can't.

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    Knowth

    by Mandy23 Updated Sep 5, 2002

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    Not far away from Newgrange is Knowth. The Megalithic Passage Tombs of Knowth are located in the County of Meath. The Boyne Valley Cairns of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth were built around 3200BC making them older than Stonehenge in England and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. (information from the Knowth HP)

    Knowth

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