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The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition

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Address: 9 College Green | Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The Book of Kells is a world famous illuminated manuscript written in Latin...

The Book of Kells is a world famous illuminated manuscript written in Latin of the Gospels from the Bible. It was painstakingly hand-written and illustrated by monks around 800 A.D.

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Seeing the Book of Kells exhibition and the manuscript itself was illuminating. Trinity's library was most impressive with its copy of every book published in Ireland and its many... read more

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Seeing the Book of Kells exhibition and the manuscript itself was illuminating. Trinity's library was most impressive with its copy of every book published in Ireland and its many first editions.

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Just to be near such art and history will take your breath and voice away. The library is absolutely beautiful.

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Great sense of history in this museum. It's right in the heart of Trinity College which is an active, vibrant college campus. Amazing stories about the book of Kells. Well worth a visit.

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Well worth a visit to see documents of such beauty and antiquity. The exhibition was well staged and organised. Visitors were equally impressed by the incredibly tall bookshelves in the Old Library, reminiscent of Hogwarts. i just hoped students at Trinity College do not get overwhelmed by the crowds of tourists

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I wanted to see the book of Kells, just because of its age and what it depicts and I wasn't disappointed. But...we were in the exhibition for approximately twenty minutes, in October, at 4.30pm and it was fairly busy, I can imagine during busier times this place is really difficult to get around. I'm glad I saw it, but I... More 

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This exhibit offers a lot of background and history into the Book of Kells, which is all very interesting. The only thing to watch out for, the actual exhibit room that displays the book itself is small, dark, and not well labeled. We didn't realize that we had seen it until we had passed it and had to double back.... More 

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Good self guided tour. The beginning is museum like exhibits and panels on information about irish scribes and monks. Interesting, although the real gem is the long library at the end.

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Beautiful and interesting place. Full of knowledge and lovely architectural place. One of the most important libraries in Ireland and an opportunity to see very ancient books like the Book of Kells.

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Been to see the book of Kells before and had to go back to look at these amazing manuscripts again. Going through to the amazing library afterwards is an equal treat - saw Jonathan swift manuscripts this time.

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I was a little unsure of this one. I had never heard about it and no one could quite tell me it's significance. It is an important artifact and the artwork is excellent. I learned a lot, but I still don't know if I fully understand it's importance.

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