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Trinity College Library

Trinity College, Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland
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  • Trinity College LibraryPro 2014
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    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.

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    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.

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    Amazing old library which is home to a number of ancient texts including the Book of Kells and a rare copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

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    The inside of this library is gorgeous. More a museum / historical sight than a place to read a book. Absolutely stunning.

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    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.

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    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.

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    there's always a long Q there for people want to see the book of Kell. Trinity is a pretty campus. i lied on its mellow for several time when exhausted from the shopping...

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    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.

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    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.

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    Nice place to see, but not for too long. Plenty more things to do in town but be sure to pop in on your way.

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    it's very important and beautiful in the center of Dublin Is a gallery and university I like it very much also for the gardens and many other tinks.etc etc

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    Knowledge is nourished and worshipped here. I thought I detected the faint aroma of sandalwood -- more likely leather and parchment.

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    Book lovers rejoice. While here, don't miss the Book of Kells. Some of the oldest and most beautiful illuminated manuscripts, transcribed by Celtic monks.

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    Very scenic and peaceful

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    bellissimo e suggestivo!

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    Have already been three times to the library over 12 years - just love the library

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    great history there

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    Very historical place to visit while in Dublin! Lots of educational literature!

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Trinity College is home to one of the world's truly great libraries. It contains a stunning 5 million books, and serves as a repository of a wealth of historical documents and research material. Among their collection are the famous Book of Kells and other manuscripts painstakingly hand-written by Celtic monks. Though the library in fact comprises several buildings, the imposing Old Library building that attracts the most visitors. If it looks familiar to sci-fi fans, that’s because the library was used as a model for the jedi archives in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

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