Double attractions are hidden behind Trinity College pale grey facades in Dublin. You will find The Old Library what is sometimes called the world’s most beautiful library but also the unique book “Ring of Kells ” from 800’s.
The question is whether any university in any of the world’s capitals physically play as central a role as Trinity College do in Dublin. The university is located right in the heart of the city, and no one can avoid that walk along the main streets of College Green and Grafton Street.
The Old Library is skewed to the right from the main entrance and in the summer it can be queues here at midday. Trinity was founded in 1592 by Queen Victoria I and many celebrities have gone here, such as Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift and Edmund Burke.
The Long Room of the Library, also called “knowledge temple” with creaking wooden interiors and narrow windows built between 1712 and 1732, is 65 meters long and two stories high.
The majestic shelves can hold 200,000 of the library’s oldest books. Marble busts of the philosophers, writers and patrons, most of them made by the famous sculptor Pieter Scheemakers, are standing in rows on both sides.
The library’s most famous manuscripts are undoubtedly the “Book of Kells”, the great masterpiece of Celtic Illuminated Manuscript in. The unique “Book of Kells” was created in 800-century by the monks on the island of Iona, consisting of four breathtaking richly illustrated books that contain the biblical gospels.
Internet may be a faster source of knowledge than The Old Library, but hardly as sensual to enter.