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The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition

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Address: College Green | Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 1 608 2320
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
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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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Don't expect to see many of the original works, most of the displays are a blown up version printed on big posters. The explanations are very clear and the authentic books are... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Don't expect to see many of the original works, most of the displays are a blown up version printed on big posters. The explanations are very clear and the authentic books are certainly nice. It is incredible what people can do without modern technology. The long room is also awesome. I wish I could have such a nice library of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

While I have been to Dublin a few times for business, I've never before had the opportunity to go to The Book Of Kells... I found time this last trip. While it was interesting and impressive as far as the detail in its creation and artistry it was not the "life altering" experience that so many have played it up... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Highly recommended spot within the trinity college to breathe an atmosphere of ancient and historical place. The library is just big and makes you wanting to read all those books.

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This is so historic that it can't be missed. The long room and harp are amazing in their own right but in addition to the Book of Kells and other old manuscripts make this a lifetime experience. Not to be missed.

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Most of display is just posters. Very little view of actual or even replica of book. Library is impressive but just one room. Whole thing only takes about half an hour in total.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The most precious book- Book of Kells well preserved , beautiful and informative displays and the upstairs library must see in our life time

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited Trinity Library for a short visit to view the Book of Kells are you can imagine it was in a glass case in the centre of the long room the writing were extraordinary and well preserved well worth a visit if you have time to spare

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The library has to be seen. Obviously the inspiration for one of the palace sets in star wars I. The book of Kells is breathtaking and the explanation of it in the exhibition prior to viewing greatly enhances the visit. For me the best cultural site in Dublin.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place it's simple amazing and breathtaking. Just being in the library was an amazing experience. Make sure you have time to seat for a few moments and absorbe the energy.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The cost to enter the library o see the Book of Kells was hard to justify. We walked around the campus, took in some sights, saw some photos in the gift shoppe and decided meh- not worth it.

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