Lidl store’s 1,000-year-old Viking tomb turns supermarket into tourist hotspot

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A Lidl store in Dublin has become the unlikely centre of Viking history thanks to its 1,000-year-old tomb.

The now tourist hot-spot showcases the Viking tomb right in the middle of one of the budget supermarket's stores after opening last year.

The store on Aungier Street has come to international attention as keen historians flood the area to view the museum-type artefact.

Lidl has invested heavily to protect the historical structures and ensure they are preserved for the local community to see, reports DublinLive.

The grounds date back to the 11th century and due to the installation of huge glass panels built into the floor people can now have a peak into the incredible history of the area.

An 18th Century Aungier Theatre staircase can be viewed through one of the glass panels while another reveals an 11th century sunken floored structure.

Through another glass floor in the store an 18th century Longford Street Arches can be seen in all its glory.

Dublin GAA ladies star Sinéad Goldrick opened the unique Lidl store in October 2020 but only now has it come to the attention of the wider community.

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Details regarding the state-of-the-art store were recently shared on a Reddit page which has nearly 8 million members.

The post read: "During the construction of a supermarket in Dublin, Ireland, archaeologists discovered the remains of a 1000 year old medieval house.

"Rather than excavate the items and build on top of the site, the store installed glass flooring that provides shoppers with a literal window into history."

The post garnered thousands of like from across the world adding to the international frenzy surrounding the tomb

One commentator jokingly wrote: "The ghosts of that house are super confused."

While another added: "They just want to buy food but their glass ceiling is keeping them down."

Vikings originated in Scandinavia in the 8th to late 11th Century and settled in many parts of Europe after conquering the local area.

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