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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  • Who really wants to see an old book?! Yeah it's an old book. Yeah it is a nice library. Is it worth the entry price? Absolutely not. 
  • If you're a history buff, this is a must see. I don't fall into that category, so I wasn't as excited as some of the other folks there. 
  • Magnificent. Educational. Learned about Four scribes. The long room was breathtaking. You will see also the Brian Boru harp.