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Chester Beatty Library

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Address: Clock Tower Building | Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number: 353 1 407 0750
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Description: Situated in the heart of Ireland's capital city, the Chester Beatty...
Situated in the heart of Ireland's capital city, the Chester Beatty Library is an art museum and library which houses the great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). The Library's exhibitions open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. Its rich collection from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe offers visitors a visual feast. Chester Beatty Library was named Irish Museum of the year in 2000 and was awarded the title European Museum of the Year in 2002.
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Chester Beatty

Delightful exhibition of religious art from all religions. Excellent cafe with beautiful fresh food. Well located in the grounds of Dublin Castle

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Delightful exhibition of religious art from all religions. Excellent cafe with beautiful fresh food. Well located in the grounds of Dublin Castle

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

A must see when u are in Dublin and interested in religions from all over the world. Divided in different religions and their books and writings. Interesting to see how different but yet the same they are.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The time it took to find all the items within this library is well worth the several hours you will need to fully enjoy this history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

This is my first stop each time I visit Dublin. It's a free museum packed with historic scripts and art from the Middle East. It is an imaginative adaptation of an old building that is part of the Dublin Castle complex, with a courtyard atrium over a pool with a peacock feather-design base. Now is the time to confess that... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Unbelievable scripts and texts - has to be seen to be believed. This is a gem in the middle of Dublin, right next to Dublin Castle. Could stay for hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

This is a treasure trove of Global gems, much of what is housed here is unique, fantastic, and its FREE

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

We went to a few museums on our trip and learned that if you have to pay to enter you probably shouldn't bother. This is a free museum and is lovely. Particularly if you're into religion or book binding or writing around the world. We really loved it and were happy to donate. It's a bit small but very lovingly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

This museum is well worth a visit. I really enjoyed the Japanese cloisonne exhibition on loan from the V+A. Great menu in the restaurant but serving vegetables, containing about 50% chick peas along with a lamb dish which also contained chick peas was not a great idea. However, the lamb and spinach dish was excellent. Nice park outside for a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Amazing exhibits! Definitely a great place to visit. Beautiful examples of old book bindings and woodcut illustrations.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing collection of exquisite documents. Dublin is very lucky to have such a collection in the centre of the city and it is free. From early letters of St Paul, Early Bibles, Korans, Hindu, Japenese, Oriental wonders. I love to take just a few of the exhibits and really look at them. The craftmanship,artistry, imagination and sheer... More 

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