Posted by: danielfee | February 21, 2013

Travel Photo of the Day 02-21-2013

Trinity College - Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College – Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. Looking at the main gate from the exterior might not attract your attention as you walk down Grafton Street, but make the detour into the campus. The college lawns and cobbled quads are a pleasant break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The major attractions are the Old Library and the Book of Kells. The Old Library is a spectacular Long Room which measures 210 feet from end to end and is two stories tall. It houses 200,000 antiquarian texts. The Book of Kells is the most richly medieval illuminated manuscripts, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various prefatory texts and tables. It may have been the work of monks from Iona who fled to the Kells in 806 AD after a viking raid. It is a masterwork of Western calligraphy. The scribes who copied the text also embellished their calligraphy with intricate interlacing spirals as well as human figures and animals. The Book of Kells were moved to Trinity College in the 17th century. They are also widely regarded as Ireland’s finest national treasure. You cannot take photos of the Old Library or the Book of Kells so you will need to stop in to see them for yourself.

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