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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  • Our guide did a great job of providing us with some history into the book and the audio visual was very good.  more »
  • Book online because the line is very long the book of Kells is a little difficult to see as you have to elbow your way around the glass box to see it, but it is very cool to see The library is great. ...  more »
  • Right in Trinity College, this is a popular attraction. The ancient translated books are on display with displays telling about them and their creation. The library section is filled with old books in...  more »