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Chester Beatty Library

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Neighborhood: South City Centre
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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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Exotic collections in Dublin Castle

Dublin is extremely lucky to have a number of its libraries - Trinity's and Marsh's in particular - the Chester Beatty should be considered in the same category. Its Oriental... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Dublin is extremely lucky to have a number of its libraries - Trinity's and Marsh's in particular - the Chester Beatty should be considered in the same category. Its Oriental collections are beautiful and significant and their exhibitions have done well in conveying the strength of the collection. On occasion it has been host to some incredible works - such... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This might not be the most famous thing to visit in Dublin, but Chester Beatty Library is one of the most amazing. It has one of the most extraordinary European collection of Far and middle east collections. It is interactive too! Great for Adults and Kids alike!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Tucked away behind Dublin Castle I think this is one of the best spots in Dublin to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre whether it's for a coffee or to just sit and read in the park for awhile.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This museum is truly a gem in the heart of Dublin! There is no entrance fee and the collection of old manuscripts, books and religious artefacts is breathtaking. Would highly recommend going there if you can spare an hour or two!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This is situated in a great location, beside Dublin castle right in the city centre, but is still a peaceful spot. Great little cafe downstairs. The library is a huge collection including manuscripts and book covers and information on world religions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This quiet unassuming museum is a gem. It contains a fantastic selection of Islamic, Chinese, Japanese and early Christian artefacts, all available to view for free. There are also themed exhibitions, workshops and activities and informational video. In addition there is a roof garden with great views of the city, and excellent restaurant and gift shop. To those who disparage... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Just some of the best manuscripts and art pieces from across the world in one place! It has fragments of the gospels, great examples of art from all across the Middle and Far East, as well as a lovely roof garden with views of Dublin Castle.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

What a treat this free venue in the heart of Dublin (Castle) is with priceless Oriental and Muslim interest artefacts donated to the Irish people. It is a truly unique and incredibly diverse collection in a home that suits its elegance. Amazing it is a free entry.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

Don't miss this museum if you are interested in religious artifacts from around the world. The story behind American Chester Beatty is truly interesting and how his love for Ireland ended with his donation of this collection to Ireland. Christianity, Muslim and Hindu and the main offerings but there is much to see. Highly recommend you find an hour or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

To the outsider, Chester Beatty Library looks a bit unassuming. However, the collection is fantastic. They have a lovely religion exhibit I've seen several times, with really amazing old texts from many different faiths. There are also rotating exhibits with various bits from Beatty's collection; you're always bound to find something interesting. It's definitely worth the visit, especially since it's... More 

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