Friday, May 3, 2013


Newgrange is a prehistoric monument built over 5,000 years ago as a tomb and temple comparable to modern day cathedrals. It was built in County Meath during the Neolithic period, which means it is older than the pyramids or Stonehenge. Newgrange is a large, circular shaped mound with an inner passageway that leads to a chamber inside. The retaining wall around it is surrounded by large stones decorated with artwork.
Some of the artwork

Newgrange from a distance
Newgrange is probably best known for the winter solstice, when the passageway and chamber are lightened by the rising sun. From December 19th to 23rd, at dawn, a beam of light pierces the small window above the entrance and as the sun, the beam grows to illuminate the whole chamber. Newgrange is an extraordinarily accurate time-telling device that was most likely used to mark the beginning of the new year.

The Winter Solstice sun rise

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