Before Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza, a small farming community in ancient Ireland built Newgrange. The monument is located in County Meath, Ireland and was built five millenia ago. Today it’s one of the most important sacred structures in Europe.
Newgrange is a kidney shaped earthen mound that is one acre in length. Beneath the mound is a stone passageway to the chambers inside.
The passageway is aligned so that sunrise at the Winter Solstice enters through the long passage and falls onto the floor of the inner chamber. This light today enters about four minutes after the Solstice sunrise, but detailed calculations show that it would have entered precisely at sunrise five millennia ago.
Some researchers believe that Newgrange and other prehistoric, alignment-focused monuments acted as large astronomical devices. Others believe that Newgrange and the many monuments from the neolithic period in Europe where built by people from a solar oriented religion.
Today this well-maintained sacred monument in County Meath is a popular tourist attraction. It’s also a Unesco World Heritage Site combined with the nearby passage tomb mounds of Knowth and Dowth that are similar to Newgrange.
Although Newgrange has been classified by archeologists as a passage tomb, many people view it today as an ancient temple. As we learn more about Newgrange we find that it had spiritual and religious significance to the local farm community, and to those ancient travelers who visited the sacred site.
You can hear about this spiritual place in the episode Sacred Solstice at Newgrange / Spiritual Counselor Corinne Zupko / Where Quietness Exists on Apple Podcasts, on Google Play Music, or on the Spiritual Fizz website.
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