Trinity College Library
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- Trinity College LibraryMember ofBusiness TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 6
Coláiste na Tríonóide, Baile Átha Cliath, formally known as the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth was founded in 1592 by letters patent from Queen Elizabeth I as the "mother of a university" and Ireland's oldest. Originally established outside the city walls of Dublin in the buildings of the dissolved Augustinian monastery of All Hallows, Trinity was set up in part to consolidate the rule of the Tudor monarchy in Ireland, and it was seen as the university of the Protestant Ascendancy for much of its history. However; Roman Catholics had been permitted to enter as early as 1753 and women were first admitted to the college as full members in 1904.
Trinity is now surrounded by Dublin and is located on College Green, opposite the former Irish Houses of Parliament. I enjoyed walking around the extensive property, but the real highlight for me was visiting the Old Library. Here you'll find the Book of Kells and other ancient texts. You'll also find significant collections of manuscripts, maps, and printed music, plus a profound sense of humility amongst all this historical splendor.Recommended for:
- Trinity College LibraryMember ofBusiness TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 7
The book of Kells is a wonder, and the Long Room itself made an impression on me despite getting a lot of that in Cambridge. But also worth exploring the college.Recommended for:
- Trinity College LibraryMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesVegetarian+ 2
Highlight of my trip to see the Book of Kells exhibit. If you're a fan of illuminated texts this is incredible! They don't move you out of the room with the actual texts so you can linger and really study the pages they have open.
Seeing the famous library was also fascinating although I didn't find the exhibit all that interesting.Recommended for:
- Trinity College Library
Home of one of the most famous illuminated manuscripts in the world - The Book of Kells. The pages are turned on the two volumes (of four) displayed, at regular intervals. Trinity College Libary is a copyright library (as are the libraries of Oxford and Cambridge in the UK) which means that they must be offered any publication made in the Republic. It is the only library in the British Isles with this right.
- Trinity College Library
One of the most beautiful libraries I've had the pleasure of being in. I can't imagine trying to study in a place like this as I think I'd be far too distracted by just how amazing it is. If it looks familiar, George Lucas used it as an inspiration for the library in the Jedi Temple in his prequels.
- Trinity College LibraryMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6
The library itself is breathtakingly beautiful. The books and busts of great thinkers line both sides of a tremendous long, quiet room encased in wood (ceilings, walls, floors). Impressive showcase of higher learning from days gone by.