Book of Kells Trinity College Dublin Ireland

Book of Kells Trinity College Dublin Ireland
Address : Trinity College Library, College Green
Dublin 2
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Book of Kells, is an exquisite and lavishly decorated copy of the first four gospels in Latin. It is permanent display in the Trinity College Library.

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Completed in 800 AD, the Book of Kells is the worlds most famous and oldest book. The book is Ireland's most lavish and glorious of Irelands illuminated manuscripts.
The book is an exquisite copy of the first four gospels in Latin. The vellum (calfskin) manuscript contains transcriptions of the four Gospels, lavishly illustrated and ornamented. It is the most elaborate manuscript of its kind to survive from the early Middle Ages.

Book of Kells at Trinity College Dublin Ireland
The scribes and artists who created the Book were Columbian monks who lived in a monastery on the remote island of Iona, off the west coast of Scotland. The monastery was founded late in the sixth century by an Irish monk, St Colm Cille.

At the time the book was produced, Irish monks were renowned throughout the rest of Europe for their work as scribes and illustrators.

The Book of Kells contains 680 pages (or 340 folios). Just two of the pages are without ornament, while about thirty folios, including some major decorated pages, have been lost.

Library Events at Trinity College Dublin Ireland

The Book is the most famous manuscript in the Library of Trinity College Dublin where it is permanently on display. The Book of Kells is kept in a low-lit gallery with only two pages displayed at a time, although they are turned after some period. The aura and grandeur of this highly illustrated manuscript cannot keep visitors and tourists at bay as they come pouring in from all parts of the world to have a glimpse of this historical script.

Book of Kells at Trinity College Dublin Ireland
No book evokes such passion among art lovers, as this 9th century illuminated manuscript. The perfect surroundings of the Long Hall which contains over 200,00 of Trinitys oldest books, is where you will find the Book of Kells, as well as other fine relics of Irelands scholarly history. Exhibitions and Library Shop open seven days a week.
Opening Hours:
  • • Mon - Sat / 9:30am - 17.00pm
  • • Sunday (Oct - May)/ 12.00am - 16.30pm
  • • Sunday (June to Sept) 09.30 - 16.30

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