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(Irish for Palace of the Boyne) is a World Heritage Site in County Meath, Ireland and is the largest and one of the most important complex of Megalithic sites in Europe, dating back to the Neolithic period. The complex is situated around a wide bend in the Boyne River.

The site is a complex of Neolithic mounds, chamber tombs, standing stones, henges and other prehistoric enclosures, some dating from as early as 35th century BC – 32nd century BC.

The site predates the Egyptian pyramids and was built with sophistication and a knowledge of science and astronomy, which is most evident in the passage grave of Newgrange.

The site covers over 1,900 acres and contains around 40 passage graves, as well as other prehistoric sites and features. The majority of the monuments are concentrated on the north side of the river. The most well-known sites within Bru na Boinne are the impressive passage graves of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, the triad famous for their significant collections of megalithic art.

See also: Newgrange