Tourists to any country should always check out for the world heritage sites of that country. Regardless of the fact of the other tourist attractions available in those countries, the ones that have been provided a world heritage site by UNESCO have a special aura around them. Find below this list of such sites in Ireland.
Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne
What can one say about a huge complex that consists of henges, standing stones, Neolithic chamber tombs as well as other types of prehistoric enclosures, some of which are as old as the 35th century BC? The single word that can be used to describe this UNESCO world heritage site in Norway is Awesome. Situated in County Meath, Ireland, and also known as the Palace of the Boyne, this complex consists of one of the most important and one of the largest pre-historic cites in Europe.
Visitors to this site will be awed by the knowledge of astronomy and science that the people of those days possessed when they observe the passage grave of Newgrange. For the uninitiated, passage graves are a narrow passage that is made out of huge stones and a single or multiple burial chambers covered in stone or earth. Covering an area of around 70 hectares, this location contains numerous pre-historic sites along with 40 passage graves.
Most of these monuments can be found on the northern side of the river. Do not forget to check out the passage graves of Dowth, Knowth, and Newgrange, which are renowned for their noteworthy collection of megalithic art. Some of them seem to have been built out of stones that have been taken from some earlier monument at the site. The entire location was accorded the UNESCO world heritage site status in the year 1993.
Skellig Michael forms the other world heritage site in Ireland and consists of Little Skellig and Skellig Michael. The latter is also referred to as the Great Skellig. These consist of towering sea crags that rise from the Atlantic Ocean. It is said that the Great Skellig was the destination of choice for a group of ascetic monks. These monks wished to distance themselves from humanity and live in peace in a remote place in their pursuit of a greater union with the Lord. Even though the community of monks moved away to the mainland by the 13th century, the island continues to be revered as a pilgrimage place.
Check carefully and you will find two lighthouses. They establish the importance of this place in Ireland’s maritime history. Visitors to this place should check out the well-preserved monastic remains. Visitors will be left dumbfounded trying to understand how the monks managed to achieve such physical achievements when they view the monastic remains. These two islands are also famous worldwide as one of the most important sites for breeding seabirds in Ireland. UNESCO duly recognized this as a world heritage site in the year 1996.