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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  • Bella the library, history, visually enchanting but €14 for a 15 minutes seems excessive
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  • It really impressive how well preserved is the Book of Kells. Great exposition and information. A must if you are visiting Dublin.  more »
  • Really worth a visit! Full of history and great if you have some time to kill in Dublin. Part of Trinity college also so a a great bit of learning involved too!!  more »
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  • The wait to get in moves very fast, so don't let a line turn you away. The paintings and artifacts on the first floor are beautiful and interesting. The book of Kells is amazing to see. Upstairs though is the main attraction, the library is a sight to see. With probably 10 meter high ceilings and busts of the famous authors that attended or worked at the University. From Shakespeare to Stoker, it is a once in a lifetime experience.
  • A large crowd, difficult to navigate ticketing process, and dimly lit display area did take one star off for me. This might have been more interesting had I been more into history and religion, but it was a good stop at our overall tour of Trinity College. The library proper was certainly worth the price of the whole college tour and the guide was fantastic.
  • The one thing I made sure we visited while in Dublin and it was so worth it. The huge library at the end is such amazing bonus, I had no idea we would be seeing it. The book was gorgeous and I wish I could have had more time to look at it but it was so lovely. The whole exhibit was fantastic and very interesting. I think I could have happily spent a full day there just taking my time to admire everything but sadly we had to leave and get our plane. If you have any interest in Celtic art or books I highly recommend paying this a visit.
  • This is a must-see for anyone who visits Dublin. The opportunity to see ancient books that were protected by generations of people is amazing. The texts themselves are both beautiful and clever. Finally, the campus is gorgeous and the library alone would be worth the trip.
  • If you love history and literature, than the Book of Kells at Trinity College Library is a fabulous place to visit while you're in Dublin. My wife and mum were in heaven! The smell of the old library was fantastic. The history and lore surrounding these medieval manuscripts is amazing. So much to read, and not enough time to read it. If I recall they only show 4 pages a day of the actual Book of Kells.
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