I’m doing the A to Z Challenge in April, using the theme of the UK & Ireland.
For N, I want to re-visit the oldest structure that I saw in either my 2012 trip to Ireland or my 2014 trip to England. Newgrange was built around 3200 BC, making it older than Stonehenge. It consists of a mound with a, reconstructed, stone wall face and an opening. The opening leads to a chamber that is lit, from a roofbox above the entrance, by the sunrise on the winter solstice.
There’s some controversy about that reconstructed wall. Perhaps it was never a wall but a plaza in front of the mound.
In Irish mythology, Newgrange was occupied by deities, particularly the Dagda, a father-figure god associated with agriculture, strength, and wisdom.
What’s not controversial is the beauty of some of the carvings at this site. I was particularly taken with the spirals on the entrance stone.
What is the oldest structure you’ve visited in the world?