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The Book of Kells

Old Library, Trinity College, College Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
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  • The Book of Kells
    Daniel Mason-D'Croz
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    5 Nov 12, 2013

    Irish monks played a vital role in saving the learning from classical times. Preserving and replicating bibles and other literature. The Book of Kells is a spectacular example of some of this work. Amazing artistry in the illustrations, truly a cultural wonder.

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  • The Book of KellsPro 2014
    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    3 Nov 06, 2013

    The Irish are so proud of this that you are sure to cause offense if you've come all the way to Dublin and have not seen this. Frankly speaking, I think you have to be Irish and feel a personal connection to the history in order to really be impressed by this exhibit. The book itself is quite small and not particularly distinctive. That said, this is a nice add-on to a visit to Trinity College if the lines aren't too long.

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    D'Maris Coffman
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    4 Oct 23, 2013

    Reviewed this elsewhere but one of the most important manuscripts of its kind. Dates from the 9th century.

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    Diane Austin
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    5 Sep 30, 2013

    The iconic images that are on display are beautiful. Several pages are displayed and if you have ever loved graphics, you must visit this small room devoted to these gorgous images that are so important to history.

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    Rachel E.
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    5 Aug 15, 2013

    Absolutely incredible exhibit. Covers more than just the Book of Kellls and also shows videos of artisans recreating the texts. The information about the whole process of creating these books was fascinating.

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    Liam C
    5 Jun 01, 2013

    The book is amazing because its so old. Its located in the beautiful grounds of Trinity College. This is just 15 minutes walk from our apartment.

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  • The Book of Kells
    Moyna N
    5 May 19, 2013

    In Trinity College, the Old Library and the Book of Kells Exhibition -is a “must see” on the itinerary of all visitors to Dublin. Located in the heart of Dublin City, a walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College Dublin will bring visitors back to the 18th century, when the magnificent Old Library building was constructed. Inside is housed the Book of Kells - a 9th-century gospel manuscript famous throughout the world. Visitors are welcomed by the friendly staff seven days a week.

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  • The Book of Kells
    Rebecca Everson
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    4 Dec 13, 2012

    The Book of Kells was the four Gospels of the New Testament as well as some other texts. It has decoration that combines traditional Christian iconography with the ornate swirling motifs typical of Insular art. I found it very interesting and I learned a lot.

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  • The Book of Kells
    Tarina Peterson
    5 Dec 02, 2012

    The Book of Kells is a magnificent illuminated manuscript that contains the four gospels of the new testament. It was created by Celtic monks around the year 800 A.D. A page is turned daily so even if you've visited the book multiple times there's always a new page to look at and it's well worth looking at as the art inside of it is stunning.

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    Joseph Coureur
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    5 Sep 26, 2012

    The Book of Kells, thought to be one of the oldest known books, is on display at the Old Library in Trinity College. The actual book is behind glass, and the change the particular page its turned to each day.

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    Malou Spier
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    wonderful old library at Trinity College in Dublin - over the last 12 years I have seen the library and the Book of Kells three times. I just love those old books

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  • The Book of Kells
    Brent Bernasconi
    3 Jul 04, 2012

    Luckily we went during the off season so there was no wait. The book itself is cool to see and there is an exhibit showing other pages of the book (you only see two pages that I believe the curators turn daily).

    I feel this is one that you should see just based on history and its popularity.

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  • The Book of Kells
    Deborah McCoy
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Famous illuminated manuscript resides in the Old Library at Trinity College along with other ancient texts.

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  • The Book of Kells
    Candice Rivera
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    4 Jun 12, 2014

    Good and interesting i just wish it was more interactive, would have liked to take pictures w/flash

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    Ryan Stenson
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    5 Jun 05, 2014

    Great exhibit, including the long hall

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    Gráinne and Tim.
    5 Jun 04, 2013

    One of the oldest manuscripts of the four gospels created by the Celtic monks

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    Jim D
    5 Apr 25, 2013
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    Jim Barton
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    5 Apr 11, 2013
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    Kevin-John Black
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    2 Mar 11, 2013

    Sigh.....you might want to call ahead to see if the book is on view.

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    Domi Nik
    3 Jul 04, 2012

    One of the oldest books in europe.

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The magnificent library of Trinity College contains some five million books - but the one that most visitors travel here to see is one of Ireland's greatest treasures: the Book of Kells. The illuminated gospel manuscript was hand-written by Celtic monks around the year 800. The manuscript, written in Latin, is bound in four volumes; they contain the four Gospels of the New Testament. It is a work ... read more
of extravagant beauty: a true masterpiece of calligraphy, illumination, illustration and ornamentation. Two of the four volumes are on display at the library.

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