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Bend of the Boyne - Newgrange

Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne - Newgrange: The Bend of the Boyne is situated on the north bank of the river Boyne near Dublin. The Bend of the Boyne is the most sacred and most mythical landscape of Ireland. The site is dominated by three large passage tombs: Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. Newgrange is a large passage tomb, it was constructed around 3200 BC. Newgrange is around 1000 years older than Stonehenge. At dawn on the morning of the Winter Solstice, and for a number of days before and after, the inside of the main chamber at Newgrange is illuminated by a beam of sunlight for 17 minutes, this alignment with the sun is too precise to have occurred by chance. It is thought that Newgrange is the oldest surviving deliberately aligned structure in the world. It is estimated that there are about 700 decorated stones at the Bend of the Boyne. The most famous decorated stone of the Bend of the Boyne is the one marking the entrance to Newgrange. Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne is the largest and most important site of megalithic art in Europe. Visitors access is through the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre near the village of Donore and by guided tour only. Visitors are advised to come as early in the day as possible, the number of visitors that can be accommodated at Newgrange and Knowth each day is restricted. Visitors are brought from the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre to the passage tombs by shuttle bus. The Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1993. Name change in 2013: Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne. World Heritage Art: Bend of the Boyne 

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Bend of the Boyne - Newgrange - Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne: The white quartz façade of Newgrange. Newgrange is a...

Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne: The white quartz

façade of Newgrange. Newgrange is a large passage tomb and was constructed around

3200 BC. Newgrange is approx. 1000 years older than Stonehenge and approx. 700

hundred years older than the Pyramids of Giza. The Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological

Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1993. 

  1. Bend of the Boyne - Newgrange - Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne: The white quartz façade of Newgrange. Newgrange is a...

    Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne: The white quartz

    façade of Newgrange. Newgrange is a large passage tomb and was constructed around

    3200 BC. Newgrange is approx. 1000 years older than Stonehenge and approx. 700

    hundred years older than the Pyramids of Giza. The Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological

    Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1993. 

  2. Bend of the Boyne - Newgrange - Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne: Newgrange is the most famous and best known passage tomb in...

    Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne: Newgrange is the

    most famous and best known passage tomb in Ireland. Newgrange is approx. 80 m in

    diameter and is surrounded by a kerb of stones. Newgrange passage tomb is part of

    Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne. The Bend of the

    Boyne is the most mythical landscape of Ireland.

  3. Bend of the Boyne - Newgrange - Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne: Newgrange is one of the larger tombs of Brú na...

    Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne: Newgrange is one of

    the larger tombs of Brú na Bóinne, the Bend of the Boyne. It is situated on the north bank

    of the River Boyne. The site is dominated by three large passage tombs: Knowth, Dowth

    and Newgrange. There are as many as 35 smaller passage tombs. The Archaeological

    Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1993.

  4. Bend of the Boyne - Newgrange - Brú na Bóinne -A rchaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne: Newgrange roof box. At dawn on the morning of the winter...

    Brú na Bóinne -A rchaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne: Newgrange roof box.

    At dawn on the morning of the winter solstice, and some days before and after, the central

    chamber at Newgrange is illuminated by a beam of sunlight for 17 minutes. This alignment

    with the sun is too precise to have occurred by chance. It is thought that Newgrange is the

    oldest surviving deliberately aligned structure in the world.

  5. Bend of the Boyne - Newgrange - Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne: The entrance stone of the Newgrange passage tomb, the most...

    Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne: The entrance stone

    of the Newgrange passage tomb, the most famous decorated stone of the Bend of the

    Boyne. The stone is decorated with spirals, explained as symbols of life. Behind the stone

    lies the passage into the intense dark chambered tomb. During the guided tour the winter

    solstice phenomenon and burial ritual are explained.

  6. Bend of the Boyne - Newgrange - Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne: Newgrange passage tomb is surrounded by numerous...

    Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne: Newgrange passage

    tomb is surrounded by numerous satellite graves. The passage tombs of the Bend of the

    Boyne were meant to be the permanent houses for the bones and spirits of the ancestors.

    The passage tombs were not just burial places, they had a number of functions, such as

    centres of religious ceremonies and territorial markers. .

  7. Bend of the Boyne - Newgrange - Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne: One of the kerbstones at Newgrange, engraved with megalithic...

    Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne: One of the kerbstones

    at Newgrange, engraved with megalithic art. The Newgrange passage tomb is surrounded

    by a kerb of 97 stones, the entrance stone is the most impressive and famous. There are

    more than 700 decorated stones at the Bend of the Boyne. The Archaeological Ensemble

    of the Bend of the Boyne is the largest and most important site of megalithic art in Europe.

  8. Bend of the Boyne - Newgrange -  Brú na Bóinne-Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne: Newgrange seen from the passage tomb Knowth. Visitors...

     Brú na Bóinne-Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne: Newgrange seen from

    the passage tomb Knowth. Visitors access to Newgrange is only by guided tour from the

    Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre.  The Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre is located near the village

    of Donore.  Brú na Bóinne-Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne, including

    Newgrange, gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1993.  

  9. Bend of the Boyne - Newgrange - Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne: The white quartz façade of Newgrange is a...

    Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne: The white quartz façade

    of Newgrange is a reconstruction. The passage tomb of Newgrange is surrounded by a kerb

    of 97 huge stones. Newgrange was excavated between 1962 and 1975 by Professor Michael

    O'Kelly. He designed the reconstruction of the white quartz façade. He also discovered the

    roof box through which the mid-winter sun penetrates into the central chamber.

  10. Bend of the Boyne - Newgrange - Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne: The mound of Newgrange covers a tomb consisting of a long...

    Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne: The mound of

    Newgrange covers a tomb consisting of a long passage, at the end of the passage 

    is a cross-shaped chamber, roofed by a high corbelled vault. The chamber remained

    intact and was watertight. Passage tombs are usually located on hilltops. Although

    primarily burial sites they also were status symbols and territorial markers.