The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, Dublin

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One of Ireland's major cultural and artistic treasures, The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition counts among the oldest texts in the world, dated to the 9th century. This illuminated manuscript contains the four gospels of the Bible's New Testament and other sacred texts, written in Latin by Celtic monks. Despite the importance of its written sections, the book's main appeal lies in its illustrations, remarkable because of the artistry and attention to detail achieved by their creators. The intricately decorated pages feature vibrant colors and complex decorative patterns, painstakingly hand-drawn to enhance each section of text. You can see several pages of both illustrations and text at Ireland's largest library, which has displayed this historical book since the 19th century. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Dublin holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 17, 2017
    My kids were mildly interested, though they loved the sight of the library. It's busy, so definitely get tickets online. We had a lovely sunny day but standing outside in the queue in the rain would b...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    We were deeply moved when viewing several pages of the Book of Kells and commend this opportunity to all. The wonderful quality of the manuscript and the clear script and amazing decoration with very ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    The Book of Kells display of precious few pages were all displayed in one flat case. It was beyond difficult to get a vantage point and, if you jockeyed for a close proximity to a page, we were presse...  more »

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