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Less than one hour drive from Dublin, river Boyne Valley between Slane and Drogheda hosts one of the most incredible archaeological ensemble in the world, the most important prehistoric megalithic site in Europe. It is a World Heritage Site from 1993. It is a complex of Neolithic chamber tombs, standing stones, henges and other prehistoric enclosures, some dating from as early as 35th century BC - 32nd century BC. The sites here are older than Egypt Pyramids or Stonehenge in England ! The most known passage graves are Newgrange, Dowth and Knowth. But Newgrange and Knowth only are opened to public. The one on the photo is Knowth.

Knowth was built about 5,000 years ago and was restored in 70s. It consists of one large mound, 67m diameter and 12m height, and 17 smaller satellite mounds. Two passages from east and west drive to two chamber tombs in the middle of the mound. The east passage is 40m long, which makes it the longer in Europe. Knowth is famous for its rich megalithic art, decorated stones such as the one you can see on the right. Over 200 decorated stones were found in Knowth, which makes it more than the third of the total number of examples of megalithic art in all of Wester Europe !

Access to Knowth is by guided tour only. The tours start from Bru Na Boinne Visitor Centre close to Donore. You can visit either Newgrange, either Knowth, or both, and that is what I recommend. The tours are in english only but the guides are quite easy to understand for people who are not fully english fluent. The comments on the tour help you understand why this site is incredible, because of the astronomy or technics knowlegde involved in the building of the monument. Just imagine some of the stones used to build Knowth weight a few tons and they were conveyed from Wicklow Mountains, 80 km far from there, with the poor transport that existed 5,000 years ago !

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