Book Of Kells

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waterfordgirl waterfor…
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Great Campus Disapointing Exhibit Dec 19, 2013
One of the things I had been looking forward to prior to my trip to Ireland was visiting Trinity College Dublin and the Book of Kells exhibit there. The Trinity College campus is beautiful and many of the residences and classroom buildings are great examples of the preservation of built heritage in Dublin. For example, the Old Library building which houses the Book of Kells exhibit was constructed in the 1800s and much of the interior and exterior remains true to the original construction.

The actual exhibit which leads up to the Book of Kells is fairly interesting. It focuses broadly on the book making process, scribes, material usage and providing context to the 9th century origins of the Book of Kells. Though this information was interesting the layout of the "Turning Light into Darkness" exhibit was confusing and didn't allow for great traffic flow. Considering the popularity of the Book of Kells I was surprised by how small of an exhibit space is devoted to contextualizing the book.

Following the opportunity to look at a page from the Book of Kells, the Book of Armagh, and the Book of Durrow (or similar texts depending on the days rotation) visitors can do up to the Long Room. I enjoyed this part of the visit much more than the actual Book of Kells exhibit. The Long Room is a beautiful old library that houses special collection manuscripts. The Long Room also includes a number of display cases featuring examples from the Trinity College archival collection.

During the time of my visit the Long Room also included the temporary exhibit, "Preservation & Conservation: What's That?" The the public historian and archivist in me loved the fact that these educational panels which explained essential components of the field were on display. The exhibit explained historical photograph treatments, book bindings, the difference between preservation and conservation, and what type of education you need to enter this field.

Overall, I enjoyed the visit to Trinity College but the Book of Kells exhibit and display was probably my least favourite part of the experience. The Long Room and the campus grounds were far less crowded and much more enjoyable.
Long Room
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Vipin Vipin
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Amazing art Oct 01, 2010
The Book of Kells are these amazingly illustrated books which contain the four gospels of the New Testament. They were created by Celtic monks around 800 and were made from the best vellum, binding materials and inks available. Only four books exist and at any one time, Trinity College only showcase two of them.

The books are amazing. The colour is so vivid and the script is perfection. You really become amazed at how such things were produced in a “simpler age”. Apparently, a number of scribes and artists worked on the books, and the academics are still pondering over how many there were.

Before getting to see the books, you walk through this exhibition which describes the books and production in more detail. I particularly recommend the film which shows how the books were bound. The person did it so professionally and quickly, that it was a pleasure to see such a master.

The books are well worth visiting and worth the entrance fee of several euros.

Photographs are strictly prohibited; the ones attached to this review are from postcards and really do little justice to how brilliant the books look first hand!
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Hummingbird Hummingb…
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History at its best Jun 07, 2005
The Book of Kells, housed in the old library building on the Trinity College campus in downtown Dublin is one of the finest examples of very early craftsmanship. This Latin version of the four books (Mathew, Mark, Luke and John) of the bible along with some preface and explanation were produced by hand about 800 AD were created by monks of that era and have been kept intact and preserved in very good condition for all to see. We also we allowed a “no touch” walk through the Long Room, a near 200 foot library room that stores 200,000 of the oldest books. The is a gift shop at the end of the tour. No cameras are allowed.
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X_Drive X_Drive
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The Book of Kells Jun 07, 2005
The Book of Kells, produced around 800 AD is an elaborately illustrated latin version of the four books (Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John) of the bible along with some preface and explanation. Situated in the old library building on the Trinity College campus in Dublin, this tour took us through the library and past the many fine exhibits of the craftsmanship of the pages done by monks of that era. We were also allowed a no touch walk through the Long Room, a lengthy (near 200 foot) room that stores around 200,000 of the oldest books. Naturally, a gift and souvenir shop are a part of the tour. The day that we were there it was crowded and we felt rushed so I can’t say it was a great experience. Also, they do not allow cameras inside.
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X_Drive says:
They do have a few nice photos of it in the items sold in their gift shop. Amd I think I found one on-line somewhere. I don't really like to break the rules, but I have been known to take a picture of a picture and post my results. :)
Posted on: Dec 02, 2009

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