It was an amazing experience to visit the historical Trinity College Campus as a whole. What really made it special was seeing the Book of Kells exhibit. I have to admit that I didn't know much about the illuminated manuscript prior to the visit. Our private tour guide gave us a brief description of its importance before entering the exhibit from the Library Store. I'm so glad he chose to bring us here as part of our historical Dublin tour. It ended up being the most memorable attraction.
It's basically an ornately decorated manuscript of the four Gospels of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). The detail and colors are striking in person. What's amazing to me is that the colors are still vibrant today. The exhibit itself goes through the history and creation of it. You'll see how the calf skin pages were made and binded, as well as how the vibrant colors were produced. It really does leave you with an appreciation of it before you even see it up close. After the exhibit, you'll enter the Treasury where you can view the Book of Kells under glass. They do rotate the volumes that are being displayed, so you may see different pages on subsequent visits.
The Long Room is also included in the price of admission. The stairs lead you up to it from the Treasury. It's also an amazing sight to see. The beauty of the architecture, height, and length (70 meters long) of it is captivating. Don't forget to see the Trinity College harp while you're there. This medieval Gaelic harp has been used as the national symbol of Ireland. You'll recognize it right away.
I also must mention that the Library Store has just about everything you could want in souvenirs. We bought some Trinity T-shirts as well as other unique items and books. The prices are fair, and the assistants are very friendly and helpful. The fee for the admission to the exhibit was a little high, but well worth it. The Trinity College website is announcing free admission this year on St. Patrick's Day. Might as well take advantage of it if you happen to be in Dublin that day.
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