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 custom trip 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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  • We took advantage of an Early Access offer by Viator, and were not disappointed. We were a group of six and had ample time to view the Book of Kells and marvel at the still vibrant colors, and exquisi...  more »
  • It's hard to believe that the small book of Kells will attract so many people. After all, it's less than two feet square and with any more than about four people looking, it's hard to see. The room th...  more »
  • The history of the Book of Kells is very interesting. Pity that the book itself is poorly exposed: we were in the same room with a group of tourist and the guide keep them around the glass for around ...  more »

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