Newgrange and the Winter Solstice

Newgrange, Ireland Newgrange, Ireland

Newgrange, the greatest of Ireland's ancient monuments is aligned with the winter solstice on December 21st.

For much of the past 5,200 years on the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, the ancient people of Ireland have gathered inside the mound at Newgrange where the rising sun's rays illuminated the 19m-long passageway and burial chamber decorated with stone carvings.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site measures 76m in diameter and covers over an acre, it is also older than Stonehenge and the oldest of the Egyptian pyramids by 600 years.

Newgrange is the most important of Ireland's archaeological treasures and can still be visited, on the shortest days of the year at sunrise by a lottery system, but at other times of the year by guided tour.

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Last modified on Thursday, 22 December 2016 01:12

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