Then it was the turn of Newgrange. Even though Newgrange is the most famous of them all, there are 3 major passage tombs (Knowth, Dowth and Newgrange) and up to 37 satellite tombs. Newgrange is the better preserved of the 3, and you can get into the passage and experience travelling back in time.
It is mind blowing to think that these buildings were built over 5000 years ago, and in the case of Newgrange, it has remained watertight since then. If you have ever been to Ireland, you know how big an accomplishment this is.
Since I was last there, the archeologist have done an incredible amount of work on the site. Knowth is now more accessible, and you can even get inside the tomb, into a little chamber that was built in an area that was destroyed by the people from the Bronze Age, and while you can not get into the tomb itself, you can look down the passage, which is even longer than Newgrange. (See the image on the left here!)
Then came the turn of Newgrange, a truly magical place.
Newrange was covered for many centuries under a lot of soil. This kept it unharmed from the elements and specially from humans and is there for us all to enjoy. Older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids and just about an hour away from Dublin, it is one of those places that should be in anybody’s bucket list.
By the way, there is a lottery system to see who gets to be there for the Winter Solstice every year. Only 100 lucky people are chosen amongst about 30,000 applicants. So go there, put your name down, and best of luck!
As expected, it rained during ourvisit today. But not even the torrential rain can take the magic away!