Insight | 23.08.2008 | 04:30
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Bend of the Boyne in Ireland
The area known as the "Bend of the Boyne" -- or "Brú na Bóinne" -- in Irish, is a multi-layered landscape that has many stories to tell.
The "Bend of the Boyne" has known human habitation since pre-historic times. When Unesco declared the Bend of the Boyne a World Heritage Site it affirmed the international importance of its passage tomb cultures and prehistoric burial rites. It is not just Newgrange, the best known of the more than 40 tombs discovered there, but the entire area that has been designated. For many this region, about one hour by train from Ireland’s capital Dublin, is the cradle of Irish history – home of its first recorded settlements – a place of refuge from Viking raiders – a holy place to early Christians and the battleground that determined the balance of power in Europe at the Battle of the Boyne. All this and more is part of the Unesco World Heritage Site.
Archeological Ensemble of
the Bend of the Boyne (1993)
The three main prehistoric sites of the Brú na Bóinne Complex, Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, are situated on the north bank of the River Boyne 50 km north of Dublin. This is Europe's largest and most important concentration of prehistoric megalithic art. The monuments there had social, economic, religious and funerary functions.
- Eire 1983. Europa stamp. Neolithic pattern in the Newgrange burial place, depicting Winter Solstice. The find dates from 3.000 BC.
- Eire 1996. The excavations in Brú na Bóinne (Bend of the Boyne).
- St. Vincent of the Grenadines 1996. 50th Anniversary of the UNESCO. Archaeological site of Bend of the Boyne. The stamp is digitally cut out from a souvenir sheet containing eight different stamps dedicated to World Heritage. Click here to see the full sheet. The link will open in a new window. The stamp is located in the second row, far left. Scan by courtesy of Miomir Zivkovic (Serbia).