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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  • This is a must do in Dublin even if you're not really interested. The books are amazing to see and entry also includes going into the old library which is beautiful!  more »
  • The library is truly extraordinary, but the book of Kell's area was OK. Not really worth the price. The movie tells everything that that the exhibition tells.  more »
  • This was something I had always wanted to see. In March, the queues weren't too long. The exhibition was well presented and enjoyable, and the Book of Kells undoubted beautiful. The library was an add...  more »