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From the outside, you can hardly imagine that this huge tumulus is actually a dolmen surrounded by smaller tumuli known as menhirs. Built around 2,500 BC. this monument dates back to the pre-Celtic era. At the time, it played an important role in religious life, as shown in the pans and bowls found inside that were used for sacrifices or rituals. The 20 ft high dolmen chamber is entered by a corridor which has a peculiar alignment. It is laid out in such a way that during the winter solstice, the rays of the rising sun light up the end of the chamber for 4 to 5 days. This period of the year is thus associated with numerous celebrations, which undoubtedly include fertility rites.

  • Newgrange , The Newgrange archaeological site, Ireland , Ireland
    The Newgrange archaeological site, Ireland

    The Boyne Valley, in Newgrange, is the best known archaeological site in the country

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  • Newgrange , Newgrange, Ireland , Ireland
    Newgrange, Ireland

    The site has been listed a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1993: almost 50 monuments dating back to the Neolithic Age can be seen here.

    MIXA / age fotostock
  • Newgrange , The Newgrange archaeological site, Ireland , Ireland
    The Newgrange archaeological site, Ireland

    Newgrange is located in County Meath which is almost entirely composed of vast landscapes of gently sloping and well-cultivated hills.

    The Irish Image Colle / age fotostock
  • Newgrange , Traces from the past, Newgrange , Ireland
    Traces from the past, Newgrange

    Diamond and spiral patterns characterise the many stones in Newgrange, Ireland.

    Michel Megret / age fotostock
  • Newgrange , Newgrange, County Meath, Ireland , Ireland
    Newgrange, County Meath, Ireland

    Originally built around 3200 AD, this site was forgotton for milleniums, right up to the 17th century

    Michel Megret / age fotostock
  • Newgrange , The Knowth cairn, Ireland , Ireland
    The Knowth cairn, Ireland

    The precise purpose of these huge tombs is still not certain today, although many hypotheses have been formulated by experts.

    MIXA / age fotostock
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