Ireland: Newgrange, Monasterboice and Mellifont Abby

Here are the pictures I took at Newgrange today. Newgrange is amazing. It’s a neolithic passage tomb built over five thousand years ago. It sits on top of a large hill and is surrounded by thirty-seven smaller passage tombs. The structure is a amazing. It’s made with huge flat stones laid with each layer slightly overlapping until there’s room for just one stone, the capstone, to be laid on top it. The entire structure has been watertight for over five thousand years, which just amazes me.
During the winter solstice, the sunrise shines through the “sunbox” a small hole above the door, which shoots a beam of sunlight down a passageway to light the small chamber inside. If you’re ever in Ireland, I highly recommend it.
We went to two other places today, Monasterboice and Mellifont Abby. I’ll post those pictures in a little bit. The highlight of the day, though, was definitely Newgrange.

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