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Celtic Trisekele Spiral Number Plaque

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When early man studied his environment, he must have observed nature’s spirals so it’s not surprising that they became a potent symbol for creation and growth. A motif used in Christian art with its roots in the Stone Age the best example of this can be seen at Newgrange, County Meath Ireland. The Neolithic passage tomb is one of the most famous megalithic monuments in the world. Newgrange was built 500 years before the pyramids in Egypt sometime around 3000 BC. Experts believe that it took 20 years and 300 workers to build Newgrange. Like other examples of prehistoric tombs, Newgrange was precisely built to be aligned with solar activity. Each year at dawn from the 19th - 23rd December, the rising sun lights up the inner burial chamber for some 15 minutes. Sprials can been seen on the entrance stone and some curb stones around Newgrange. 

The Triskele spiral is a Celtic symbol used by the Druids to represent the sacred number three. The symbol is composed of three swirling lines that radiate from a common centre, and it is an ancient symbol of pre-Celtic and Celtic beliefs. It is probably the most famous Irish megalithic symbol. The symbol was discovered at the Megalithic Passage Tomb at Newgrange in Ireland, which is believed to have been built about 3000 BC. The passage and chamber of Newgrange become illuminated by the winter solstice at sunrise. A shaft of sunlight shines through the roof box over the entrance and penetrates the passage to light up the chamber. The alignment is too precise to have occurred by chance. Therefore the theory is that the symbols carved there have some relation to the sun.

This house plaque is made from Irish limestone quarried from county Kilkenny, Roscommon, and Galway and The Burren. Irish limestone is millions of years old and is known for its durability. Limestone is a sedimentary rock comprised of mineral calcite. The calcite in Irish limestone is most commonly marine organisms Irish limestone usually have the fossilised shells of the organisms visibly embedded within the stone. Making this house plaque unique and an interesting addition to your home or would make an interesting and unusual present for a loved one. All our limestone is supplied by God and nature and worked by man.

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