Navan Fort, Armagh

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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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  • Very good museum space showing the history of Ireland, the views from the top of the fort are excellent, and the cafe is great for a meal afterwards.  more »
  • One of the ancient Royal sites of Ireland. Middle of winter, no tour guide, and the interpretive displays were closed for refurbishment …. so really just a mound on the hill !! Snow covered in this ca...  more »
  • Went here to see Navan fort.lovely coffee shop.well priced and good variety available.live show was excellent with staff dressed in iron age clothing. Stayed in character throughout.very informative a...  more »

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