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Newgrange/Brú na Bóinne

Newgrange
Donore, Ireland
TEL: 353 41 988-0300

To the north of Dublin, the rural county of Meath and the Boyne Valley comprise an area rich with ancient sites. The best known among these is Newgrange, a 5,000-year-old passage tomb and ancient temple that predates Stonehenge (it’s part of a larger complex called Brú na Bóinne). Every year on December 21—the shortest day of the year—the tomb plays host to a phenomenon straight out of Raiders of the Lost Ark: as the sun rises, it pierces a window above the entryway, sending a shaft of light down that illuminates the center of the tomb like a laser beam. Since the site is beyond overrun on the day itself, it’s a better idea to visit some other time and simply watch the video of the event shown at the Visitor Center.

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