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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  • What else can be said? It was mesmerizing. We bought tix online, the line up was efficient, it took an hour to go thru the Book of Kells & Old Library plus gift shop. 
    What else can be said? It was mesmerizing. We bought tix online, the line up was efficient, it took an hour to go thru the Book of Kells & Old Library plus gift shop.  more »
  • Disappointed. Very crowded despite timed enyry. A large tour group clogged the beginning of the Book of Kells exhibit when we entered. We had one phone between us, travelling from Canada, had not... 
    Disappointed. Very crowded despite timed enyry. A large tour group clogged the beginning of the Book of Kells exhibit when we entered. We had one phone between us, travelling from Canada, had not...  more »
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  • If you've come all the way to Dublin and you don't see the Book of Kells, that's crazy. It was super easy to reserve our tickets online and they even let our group in earlier than our time slot stated. The presentation once inside is really interesting, with lots of information pertaining to the history of the book and the making of it. The book itself is a work of art - obviously we only saw two pages of it, but they were detailed and beautiful. The library upstairs is also fantastic and smells like old books and history. Make sure you include this in your tour!
  • This is a beautiful space, the boom itself is impressive and they have a neat section describing writing during that time period, but in my estimation the library is the real treasure. The place has the feel of a cathedral with books that are old enough they all seem like holy relics and even though it was fairly crowded I thoroughly enjoyed it. There's also an old Irish harp on display that you should not miss.

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