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Trinity College Library
in Dublin City
It is home to three of Ireland's greatest treasures: The Long Room, the Book of Kells, and an iconic harp.
twin-tiered Long Room (see photo above) has a fascinating library interior
design - and the
shelves are tightly packed with venerable volumes of scholarly significance.
It's one of the most visually striking chambers in the world.
Book of Kells
The famous Book of Kells is a collection of illuminated manuscripts of the
Gospel created by Celtic monks 1200 years ago. Each page is lavishly embellished
with art and calligraphy that were applied on vellum sheets painstakingly by
hand. In 1953, the pages were bound into several volumes and housed in a special
chamber for public viewing. Today, for preservation's sake, only one or two
pages of the displayed Book of Kells are exposed at a time. The leaves are
periodically turned so you can see new material on your next visit.
This 12-century-old Irish Harp is one of the
eminent icons of Ireland - and you'll view its rendering if you carry change in
your pocket (see photo). The musical
instrument picked up its "Brian Boru Harp" nickname because some people once
thought it belonged to the great Irish king Brian Boru. Researchers shot down
that theory after proving that the king lived centuries before the item was
The Trinity College Library is a popular tourist destination. To avoid
summertime crowds, I suggest you arrive early or late in the day. This helps eliminate
the possibility of being jostled by other
visitors trying to catch a glimpse at the relatively small Book of Kells in its
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