Newgrange (Si an Bhru) – is one of the largest and most famous man-made corridors tombs and added in 1993 to the UNESCO World Heritage.
To visit this Meath County tomb, which is only a part of the Boyne River monument complex, you should reach the Brune Boyne Tourist Center, which is located about 40 kilometers north of Dublin and 2 km west of Donore on the south side of the river Boyne. Id advise to pre book your tickets for the tour online as we were unaware of this and were surprised when all tickets were bought and we had to return again the next day for our tour.
The construction of this tomb is estimated at 3200 BC, which is older than the famous pyramids in Giza by about 600 years and probably older than the famous Stonehenge. It was built by the then stone-age farmers, which indicates how developed the society was.
The mound itself is round, about 85 meters in diameter, 13.5 meters in height and weights an estimated 200 thousand tons, its base alone surrounded by a cornice is composed of 97 stones – the most impressive of them is richly decorated “stone entrance “, Which due to its decoration – triple helix, is unique on a global scale.
The tomb is made up of a 19-meter-long cotter and a cross-shaped chamber with three depressions. What is worth noting that despite its age – 5,000 years, Newgrange does not leak in one place.
In the years 1962 – 1975, Professor Brian O’Kelly and the Institute of Archeology at the University College Cork carried out research and undertook the reconstruction of the embankment that we can admire today.
During archaeological excavations, not only the remains of at least five people were found in the middle of the tomb, but also various pendants, lamps, scales and a bone chisel.
During the winter solstice between 19th and 23rd of December inside the burial chamber you can witness the illumination which lasts only 17 minutes – unfortunately, the number of places in the middle is very limited – but if you succeed in entering the chamber you will feel like a population from a few thousand years ago.