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Stunning images of Newgrange by Robert and Cathy Ardill -
Newgrange World Heritage site from
Newgrange Winter Solstice Photographs by Alan Betson
Moonlit Newgrange Burial Chamber and Standing Stone,
County Meath, Ireland.
Photographer: Tim Hannan
Standing Stone at Newgrange
, County Meath, Ireland.
Newgrange Winter Solstice
County Meath, Ireland.
Photographer: Mike Bunn
Kerbstone 52, County Meath, Ireland.
Photographer: Liam Blake
Newgrange Megalithic Passage Tomb
The Megalithic Passage Tomb at Newgrange was built about 3200 BC. The kidney
shaped mound covers an area of over one acre and is surrounded by 97 kerbstones,
some of which are richly decorated with megalithic art. The 19 metre long inner passage
leads to a cruciform chamber with a corbelled roof. It is estimated that the construction
of the Passage Tomb at Newgrange would have taken a work force of 300 at least 20 years.
The passage and chamber of Newgrange are illuminated by the winter solstice
A shaft of sunlight shines through the roof box over the entrance and penetrates
the passage to light up the chamber. The dramatic event lasts for 17 minutes at dawn
from the 19th to the 23rd of December.
Admission to the chamber of the tomb at Newgrange for the
Winter Solstice sunrise is by lottery
, application forms are available at the
reception desk in the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre
Megalithic mounds such as Newgrange entered Irish mythology as sídhe or
fairy mounds. Newgrange was said to be the home of Oenghus, the god of
love. The Passage Tomb at Newgrange was re-discovered in 1699 by
the removal of material for road building. A major
excavation of Newgrange began in 1962; the original facade of sparkling
white quartz was rebuilt using stone found at the site.
Newgrange has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and
attracts 200,000 visitors per year. There is no direct access to the Passage Tomb at
Newgrange, access is by guided tour from the Brú na Bóinne
close to the village of Donore, Co. Meath. The last tour of
Newgrange is 90 minutes before closing time of the Visitor Centre. Groups of 15 or more must book in advance.
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