The Book of Kells🇮🇪

Moving on to Ireland, one of our first stops was to visit The Book of Kells at Trinity College in Dublin.

We learned that this book contains the four gospels, created by monks in the 9th century. Historians appear to struggle with where exactly it was created but believe locations were likely in Scotland, Ireland and/or other areas of Britain. Spectacular illustrations. Ireland’s oldest artifact.

As a visitor, perhaps it was the time of year but it was crowded. When I started looking at reviews for The Book of Kells (after we were home), I realized that most people comment about the amount of people and the small space. The room where the one book exists, tourists swarm around the glass-enclosed case and it’s difficult to linger and appreciate the book’s antiquity when your fellow man is waiting their turn for a peek. Something that detailed, illustrated and old is something I would have liked to spend more time with.

That said, the visit is worthwhile, as to see something this precious to a country is special.

Book of Kells

We did tour The Long Room as well at Trinity College and that was incredible…that post next!

9 thoughts on “The Book of Kells🇮🇪

  1. I would so love to see this one day. You might also be interested in the Lindisfarne Gospels. I believe they are now in the British Library in London, but they were created even earlier than the Book of Kells – around 700 AD on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne (England). I’ve been to Holy Island which was awesome. I would love to see the Gospels one day in London as well!

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