Trinity College Dublin Reviews
Main attraction is the Old Library Jun 10, 2011
Trinity College, also called University of Dublin, was founded in 1592. Today it is a huge complex of which only a few areas are interesting for tourists.
There’s Parliament Square and the buildings that surround it, but I didn’t think the architecture with tacky Greek columns was that interesting. There was also quite some construction going on at the square when I was there, the Campanile was almost hidden from view and I’m pretty sure that took away most of the atmosphere.
There’s the Chapel, Exam Halls, Reading Rooms and Dining Rooms, but those are barely worth visiting. The main reason anyone would want to visit Trinity College is the Old Library. In this Library there’s an exhibition on several ancient books and they all look amazing. The handwriting in all of them is impeccable, and the drawings are all pieces of art. The big showstopper of the exhibition is of course the famous Book of Kells, two of the four volumes are on display and they are amazing. They were created in the year 800 and it is a miracle they survived in such a great condition.
The exhibition leads to the long hall of the library, where there are over 200,000 priceless old manuscripts and printed books. You’re not allowed to go near the books, but several are on display in the middle path. It is an extremely atmospheric place that even has that particular smell of old books.
When you’re at Trinity College, don’t forget to go to the New Square. Outside Berkeley Library is the fascinating sculpture ‘Sphere within Sphere’ by the Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro. Right next to this Berkeley Library is an interesting looking building marked on the college map as ‘Museum Building’. Its architecture is a bit classic Italian and even though the large wooden door was closed when we were there, we took a dare and pushed it open. We ended up in a beautiful hall with a gorgeous ceiling and columns of several colours of marble. There’s also a skeleton of an enormous deer that has been extinct for 11,000 years. Tourists are not supposed to go beyond the hall, but we enjoyed wandering around that hall immensely.
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