The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, Dublin

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One of Ireland's major cultural and artistic treasures, The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition counts among the oldest texts in the world, dated to the 9th century. This illuminated manuscript contains the four gospels of the Bible's New Testament and other sacred texts, written in Latin by Celtic monks. Despite the importance of its written sections, the book's main appeal lies in its illustrations, remarkable because of the artistry and attention to detail achieved by their creators. The intricately decorated pages feature vibrant colors and complex decorative patterns, painstakingly hand-drawn to enhance each section of text. You can see several pages of both illustrations and text at Ireland's largest library, which has displayed this historical book since the 19th century. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Dublin holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • National Treasure done with near perfect execution and ambiance. The Long Hall and gift shop also both of the highest quality and interest. Cannot recommend this sight any higher. 
    National Treasure done with near perfect execution and ambiance. The Long Hall and gift shop also both of the highest quality and interest. Cannot recommend this sight any higher.  more »
  • The tour was amazing. The guide was very nice and generous both in the information he would share and the extra he would add to make this tour unique for us visitors. Dublin is as unique as often... 
    The tour was amazing. The guide was very nice and generous both in the information he would share and the extra he would add to make this tour unique for us visitors. Dublin is as unique as often...  more »
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  • It was amazing to see the book of Kells, I recommend to do the audio tour that you can download on your phone. This will give you an insight and deep understanding about the book. Very beautiful book and beautifully written. What an amazing thing to see. The long room took my breath away, I loved seeing all the books and the beautiful room. You have to come and see this if your in Dublin I highly recommend.
  • The book itself is pretty spectacular to see in person. You can only see the page that its open to that day (they occasionally change them), and it's behind glass with special lighting. No photos allowed. The attached library is amazing as well, which includes one of the original prints of the Proclamation. There's also Brian Boru's harp and a few other amazing artifacts. It's a working library and you can see where the librarians and "readers" work. Great piece of Irish history.

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