The Book of Kells & Old Library

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“Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I to "civilize" (Her Majesty's word) Dublin, Trinity is Ireland's oldest and most famous college.”

– Fodor's

Frommer's Frommer's
"This extraordinary hand-drawn manuscript of the four Gospels, dating from the year 800, is one of Ireland's jewels, and with elaborate scripting and colorful illumination, it is undeniably magnificent." Full review
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"To the south of the square is the Old Library, built in a rather severe style by Thomas Burgh between 1712 and 1732." Full review
Travel + Leisure Travel + Leisure
"A 1960's Brutalist building set amid Trinity College's brilliant historic setting creates stark architectural contrast and delightful dissonance." Full review
Time Out Time Out
"'Kelly's Book', as it still gets called occasionally, is Trinity's most famous artefact, but it suffers slightly from Mona Lisa syndrome." Full review
Frommer's Frommer's
"This hand-drawn manuscript of the four gospels, dating to the year 800, is one of Ireland’s national treasures." Full review
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