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.
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 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
Diamond and spiral patterns characterise the many stones in Newgrange, Ireland.© Michel Megret / age fotostock
Originally built around 3200 AD, this site was forgotton for milleniums, right up to the 17th century© Michel Megret / age fotostock
The precise purpose of these huge tombs is still not certain today, although many hypotheses have been formulated by experts.© MIXA / age fotostock