Day 04

Belfast Travel Blog

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Belfast.

We left Dublin early this morning and headed in the coach to the north. Particularly, to Newgrange--a monolith located near the River Boyne. This site predates the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge. It’s constructive purpose is unknown but is thought to have had something to do with religion, as the entrance is perfectly designed so that the sun illuminated the main chamber on the shortest day of the year--the winter solstice. The floor plan of the site is also very interesting, as it is in the shape of the Celtic cross. We don’t know just what took place in the tomb--it’s supposed that it had something to do with a burial ritual as cremated remains have been found inside.

Another mystery surrounding the area is the carvings in the rock.

Newgrange.
These shapes that have been carved--spirals, diamonds, waves, etc.--can be found on almost every continent. One theory is that these people were sea-farers, so perhaps they travelled around the world to each of these cultures and introduced these signs that could represent celestial bodies, language, or maps. A different theory concerning the shapes and the site was that it was where priests and priestess entered into a higher state of consciousness through the use of psychedelic drugs, as those shapes show up in similar trips.

No matter what the answer is to the mystery of Newgrange, we do know that it is historically important in regards to the evolution of man.

After leaving Newgrange, we continued north, entering into the city of Belfast. Immediately upon entering one notices that this city is very different from the cosmopolitan Dublin. However, we didn’t have enough time today to do much sight seeing. We did head out after dinner to have a look around and to do a bit of window shopping.

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Belfast.
Belfast.
Newgrange.
Newgrange.
Belfast
photo by: vulindlela