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The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition

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The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition

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TJC wrote a review Feb 2021
85 contributions29 helpful votes
A MUST SEE IN DUBLIN! A fantastic place to browse and learn and get a feel for Irish History and Culture.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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duck8to wrote a review Jan 2021
Montville, New Jersey6,451 contributions1,347 helpful votes
Located on the campus of Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, the Book of Kells is one of the great literary masterpieces created in 800 AD by 3 or 4 monastic monks. It is renowned for it's remarkable calligraphy and illustrations of the four gospels of the New Testament. You can purchase tickets online for 10 Euros or for 13 Euros you can join a tour conducted by A Trinity student. The tour is about 40 minutes long. Tours begin on the first floor in a room where you can read how the book was made and it's history, the meaning of the characters and it's authors.. I think it is time to have a 21rst century interactive presentation. After this presentation you can see the Book of Kells. sort of. There are two books , one closed and the other turned to a selected page. Both are under glass and both have swarms of people trying to get a look. No photos are allowed. After viewing the book you are taken to Trinity College Library which is awe inspiring. With more than 250,000 books housed in this "Harry Potterish" you can literally the ancient manuscripts in this space. The library is worth seeing in in it's own wright. The line proceeds in one direction as part of Covid-19 precautions. Masks and social distancing are two other precautions. Just a note: the nearby Chester Beatty Library is free of charge and also has ancient illuminated manuscripts that you can view.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Acidov wrote a review Jan 2021
Warsaw, Poland8,745 contributions128 helpful votes
The Old Library is a magical and stunning place that every tourist must see. The sense of history in the Trinity College Library is amazing, it is worth visiting even to feel the sophisticated beauty and ambiance of the library. Do not count on any activity, though. You can only look around and take some pictures. There are some displays of valuable historical manuscripts on display in the library, but the library itself is the star attraction. The Book of Kells was not available at the time of my visit, which was disappointing. The exhibition dedicated to this book was interesting, but obviously, that’s not the same. I was off-season, so I did not experience long lines.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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GATfive wrote a review Dec 2020
Westfield151 contributions134 helpful votes
The library itself is beautiful, but not much to do other than look around for a few minutes and take some pictures. When we were there, the real Book of Kells was not out, so we only saw a replica, which was disappointing. The Book of Kells exhibit on the first floor, which explained about the history of the book, was very interesting.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Emma L wrote a review Dec 2020
Dublin, Ireland181 contributions66 helpful votes
If in Dublin, you should definitely book a ticket to visit the old library and see the Book of Kells. The place is amazing, it smells like old books and for a moment, you forget about everything else. The Book of Kells is a piece of art, make sure you spend a bit of time looking at the explanations, the pigments and the alphabet they used. I’m lucky enough to have free access to the library as a trinity student and I intend to go as many times as needed to become an expert on this amazing place!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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