Pondering Endless Spirals at Brú na Bóinne Near Drogheda, Ireland
During the winter solstice, a beam of sunlight advances over the green countryside and inches across the inner chamber of Newgrange, piercing the pitch-black interior of the underground passage tomb with perfect precision. To experience it firsthand, you can enter a drawing to be one of the lucky 100 who gain admission or go on a tour anytime for a re-enactment. The ancient construction techniques employed in 3200BC put modern builders to shame. The roof has been leak-free for 5000 years. But it is the megalithic art—spiral upon spiral carved into stone—that transports us back to the spiritual world of these mysterious people. The triskele (triple spiral) found here inspired the Celts thousands of years later—not to mention the Catholic church, who appropriated the ancient symbol as a representation of the trinity.