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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  • Enjoyed the display of the Book Kells but really enjoyed seeing the Old Library. Took a lot of pictures of the Old Library. So many important pieces of literature on display. 
  • Well set out with lots of information on different aspects and history of manuscripts, it's production, it's design and purpose. Get to see a couple of open pages in 2 volumes which is pretty amazing ...  more »
  • The Gallery is truly impressive. Feels tiny. The entry is perhaps a little expensive...
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