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Navan Fort, Armagh

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Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Navan Fort is an ancient ceremonial monument near Armagh, Northern Ireland. According to tradition it was one of the great royal sites of pre-Christian Gaelic Ireland and the capital of the Ulaidh. It is a large circular hilltop enclosure—marked by a bank and ditch—inside which is a circular mound and the remains of a ring barrow. Archeological investigations show that there were once buildings on the site, including a huge roundhouse-like structure which has been likened to a temple. In a ritual act, this timber structure was filled with stones, deliberately burnt down and then covered with earth to create the mound which stands today. It is believed that Navan was a pagan ceremonial site and was regarded as a sacred space. It features prominently in Irish mythology, especially in the tales of the Ulster Cycle. According to the Oxford Dictionary of Celtic Mythology, "the of myth and legend is a far grander and mysterious place than archeological excavation supports".Navan Fort is the heart of the larger 'Navan complex', which also includes the ancient sites of Haughey's Fort, the King's Stables and Loughnashade .
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  • Navan Fort is absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend the guided tour from the visitor centre for you to get the most out of your visit. It is possible to do it for free by yourself but I don't...  more »
  • Beautiful walks and lots of information. Nice coffee shop , gift shop and facilities. Very educational trip.  more »
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