UNESCO: Newgrange in Ireland

Okay by now you know, I love UNESCO World Heritage sites. I’m on a mission to see as many of them as humanly possible in my lifetime. Well when Rena, the girls and I decided to stop over in Ireland, you just know we had to hit up at least one. We decided on Newgrange, an Irish Passage Tomb that was constructed over 5,000 years ago (3,200 B.C.), making it older than both Stonehenge and The Great Pyramids.

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It was a rainy, gloomy day, which was kind of fitting since it was Halloween and we also visited Tara that day, which is the birth place of Halloween. We had 5 girls on this trip, they were all Americans living in Germany, and I had flew up to visit Rena from Hawaii.DSC_8432 (Small)

The walls are made up of white quart stones and granite boulders. I really like this kind of stuff.

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I always think it’s interesting to visit things that are this ancient. When I visit Philly (one of my fave cities in the US), I can’t help but think as I look at all of our “historical” American artifacts, that it’s silly that we put borders and fences around everything. In Rome, you can man handle the statues and in Egypt, you can climb on the pyramids. It’s funny to me that we rope off the 200 year old Liberty Bell. No disrespect intended.DSC_8464 (Small)

Europe in the fall <3DSC_8454 (Small)

Ever the rebel.

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It is said that Irish Builders who trained at Newgrange went over to England to design and construct Stonehenge. DSC_8442 (Small)

Simple sights like this give me as much pleasure as historical wonders like Newgrange.DSC_8459 (Small)

The view of Newgrange from afar. DSC_8431 (Small)

Of course we did jump shots in the rain in front of the UNESCO site. You shoulda seen my set up here. I had the VAB and camera sitting on a rock protected by our umbrella. P1080657 (Small)

Oh, and you can go inside. DSC_8436 (Small)

I wouldn’t recommend going inside if you’re claustrophobic, cuz it’s a really tight squeeze. But if you do make it inside, you get to see these urns that were used to hold the remains of the dead. The inside of this chamber is a VERY special place for the people of this area because at the dawn of the winter solstice, a shaft of light enters the chamber through a tiny hole in the roof. People pilgrimage here that time of the year to get a chance to see it.

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