Visiting Brú na Bóinne: archeological site and world heritage

Brú na Bóinne Neolithic stones, ©Dave Keeshan/Flickr

Brú na Bóinne Neolithic stones, ©Dave Keeshan/Flickr

Brú na Bóinne is an archeological site and a valuable natural heritage located in the eastern region of Ireland, about 40 kilometers from Dublin, between Drogheda and Slane. The name itself, Brú na Bóinne means mansion or palace of the Boyne. This important archeological landscape is famous for its three gigantic passage tombs: Dowth, Knotwth and Newgrange.

They are said to have been build in the Neolithic Age or presumably in the Late Stone Age. Knowth contains the biggest set of megalithic art in the western region of Europe. Brú na Bóinne is enlisted as a world heritage site since 1993 as it represents a masterpiece of human creative genius, it is a unique proof to a lost civilization and from architectural point of view illustrates some significant stages of the history of human kind.

Early history

Supposedly Brú na Bóinne has been founded around 3300 BC and soon it was a settlement dotted with domestic houses and farms. There are about 40 passage tombs to be found here which denote that the people living here were quite organized and had a sophisticated knowledge of astronomy, engineering and architecture.

Brú na Bóinne tomb, ©Dave Keeshan/Flickr

Brú na Bóinne tomb, ©Dave Keeshan/Flickr

Also they had a refined artistic taste. The heritage site tells us that the settled society had special funerary rituals and ceremonies. Even after the tombs were abandoned the area was still used for certain rituals and people continued to live here. The dwellers have constructed pit circles and wooden post circles, deposited high value items in their vicinity, such as jewelry and coins.

Brú na Bóinne – World Heritage Site

There are moments when one can only stand in silence and admire some monuments or certain architectural masterpieces. Brú na Bóinne is among those monuments which takes our breath away and leaves us with awe. This amazing World Heritage Site located at River Boyne lies on a land of approximately 780 hectares.

The Boyne River, ©informatique/Flickr

The Boyne River, ©informatique/Flickr

Today this it is visited by many tourists who curiously look at the megalithic constructions and wonder about its mysterious historical background. Knowth and Newgrange can be visited only by organized, formal tours. These groups leave from the visitor center of Brú na Bóinne, located on the southern riverbank of Boyne, near the town of Donore. Dowth is easier to visit, as you can go and take a look at the site, but the tombs themselves cannot be visited publicly. Learn more about the past of Ireland, visit Brú na Bóinne.

Brú na Bóinne Neolithic stones, ©Dave Keeshan/Flickr

Brú na Bóinne Neolithic stones, ©Dave Keeshan/Flickr

Admire the gigantic megalithic stones and merge into the history of past times.

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