Trinity College, Dublin

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    Famous Irish College

    by sue_stone Updated Jul 22, 2004

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    scene from Trinity College

    Founded in 1592, Trinity College is Ireland's premier university.

    The college is situated in the heart of Dublin, and is a really interting place to take a seat and do some pople watching.

    There are beautiful buildings and a well kept green along with a 30m high Campanile.

    The main attraction of Trinity College is the Book of Kells, which is housed in the library, and can only be visited if you pay for a guided tour of the college.

    The Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript which dates back to around AD 800, making it one of the oldest books in the world!

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    Trinity College

    by Cruefan Written Jun 3, 2005

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    Trinity College was formed in 1592 and has been a prestigious school ever since. The college is the home of the Book of Kells which is a 9th century manuscript of the gospels. They can be viewed in the old library.

    You can also visit the " Dublin experience" which is located on campus to quote:

    "the Dublin Experience is a major multi-media show which relates the history of Irelands' Capital city through the most modern mediums available. A dramatic script, stunning photography and evocative music combine to give visitors and Dubliners alike an unsurpassed introduction to the city. The Dublin Experience operates from mid May until the end of September, 7 days a week with shows on the hour every hour 10a.m. to 5p.m."

    And of course a walking tour of the campus given by Trinity students.. worth a visit.

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  • The Book of Kells

    by Mariajoy Updated Sep 27, 2005

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    For 7 Euro we went into the Library of Trinity College to view the Book of Kells.

    It's a great exhibition and well worth a visit.
    The library is beautiful but unfortunately photography is not allowed.

    http://www.tcd.ie/Visitors/attractions.html

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    by Mariajoy Updated Feb 25, 2005

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    Not my photo - this is the free visitors leaflet

    After you have seen the Book of Kells downstairs.. go upstairs to the beautiful Old Library housing the biggest collection of manuscrips and printed books in Ireland. This library is as old as the college and dates from 1592.

    And if anyone can tell me why there is no "J" section in this library I would be glad if they could let me know :))

    Ohhhh!! and there is a harp here too... the oldest surviving harp in Ireland!! This is THE harp that appears on Irish coins.

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    Trinity College

    by SabrinaSummerville Written Nov 13, 2006

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    Main entrance to Trinity College

    Trinity College is perhaps ireland's oldest university and it is also a very beautiful campus to visit.

    It is accessed right from the centre of the south side of the city, with the main entrance right opposite another very lovely building, Bank of ireland College Green.

    If you walk through the gates and under the main archway you will find yourself in a delightful cobbled courtyard surrounded by period college buildings.

    The infamous Book of Kells is housed in Trinity and is well worth a visit of its own for the sheer beauty of the illumination of the manuscript.

    During college holidays you can rent accomodation rooms here. They are very basic but it's such fun to stay on the campus and imagine you're a student again.

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    Peace and quietness in Trinity College

    by Mahieu Written Apr 29, 2004

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    The area around Trinity College is pretty noisy, but once inside the green of Trinity College, there's peace and quietness. A mix of students and tourists hang around on the greens and it's a nice place to relax and read a bit. Most tourists come here to see the Book of Kells. This manuscript contains transcriptions of the four Gospels, illustrated and ornamented. It is the most elaborate manuscript of its kind to survive from the early Middle Ages. It dates back to the year 800. The exhibition is Trinity College is well worth a visit. There's an explanation of the origins, the materials used, the themes, ... At the end you actually get to see the book.

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    Ireland's most famous university

    by Jefie Written May 23, 2009

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    Trinity College was founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592. It is the oldest university in Ireland and it still is the top ranked university in the country. Many of Ireland's most famous authors are Trinity College alumni, including Samuel Beckett, Bram Stoker, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and Oliver Goldsmith, whose statue can be seen near the main entrance. The campus is quite beautiful and makes for a very pleasant walk. Trinity College's most famous attraction is the "Book of Kells", which is housed in the university's Old Library. The best deal if you're visiting Trinity College is to buy a guided campus tour/Old Library combo ticket. Admission to the Old Library is 9 Euros, while a campus tour/Old Library ticket costs 10 Euros. Unfortunately, this is the one thing I didn't have time to do during my week in Ireland, but I did enjoy walking around the campus on my own.

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    Trinity College

    by kentishgirl Updated Oct 31, 2004

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    Trinity College is the oldest University in Ireland and its buildings date from the 17th to the 20th centuries.

    Most visitors will come her to see the "Book Of Kells", in the Collonades exibition gallery and the long room, a huge library housing tons of books.

    There is also a tour you can take during the summer, this tells the story od Dublin and its people from the Viking times.

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    Combo: Trinity & Kells

    by Jase1177 Written Jul 22, 2009

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    As most curious visitor will seek the Book of Kells on the campus of Trinity College, some may give quick disregard to the campus itself. Taking one of the student-led tours of the campus, along with viewing the Book of Kells is the best option. The tours are conducted by current Trinity College students for the price of €10, which includes admission to the Book of Kells (Kells admission is €9 by itself). This is a great deal! The tours last about 30min and walk through the main sections of the small campus, pointing out the main buildings and the history associated with them. Trinity College has housed many great Irish figures and the guides do a good job of talking some of them up, as well as providing some student-based history.

    After the tour, you may enter the library where the Book of Kells is housed. The Kells displays are not large, but show a nice bit of history of the Book and similar items. The Book of Kells is a fancifully hand-painted manuscript of parts of the Bible from about 800 AD. The display shows a different page of the text and illustrations each day. The book is rather small, so can be difficult to see as people cram around the display case (no photos!). If you are there in high season, go early or rather late to get a good view.

    Above the Kells displays is the Long Room of the library, which is a long wooden library with vaulting ceilings and large shelves of books from the collection started in the mid 1800s. There are marble busts of some of history's (and Ireland's) philosophers and writers. There is a displays of the oldest known harp in Ireland, as well as a display of important Irish literary contributors through history.

    Cost: €10 for tour & Kells entrance (€9 for just Kells)

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    by doug48 Updated Jul 27, 2008

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    trinity college was founded in 1592 by queen elizabeth I on the site of an augustian monastery. catholics were not allowed to attend this college until 1970. the campus of trinity college has three beautiful squares and the buildings have diverse architectural styles. you can visit the old library and the treasury. the treasury houses the famous book of durrow and the book of kells.

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    Book of Kells at Trinity College Library

    by saraheg77 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Page from the Book of Kells (postcard)

    I thought the Book of Kells was fascinating! However, the price for the tour was a little steep and it was a bit crowded, but you could stay and view it as long as you want. But it was under glass, so you could only see two pages. There was a lot of interesting information in the display before you actually saw the book. I recommend it if you're interested in history!

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    Book of Kells

    by lina112 Updated Nov 29, 2005

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    Old library building

    The Book of Kells was written around the year 800 AD and is one of the most beautifully illuminated manuscripts in the world. It contains the four gospels, preceded by prefaces, summaries, and canon tables or concordances of gospel passages. It is written on vellum and contains a Latin text of the Gospels in insular majuscule script accompanied by magnificent and intricate whole pages of decoration with smaller painted decorations appearing throughout the text. The manuscript was given to Trinity College in the 17th century and since 1953 has been bound in four volumes. It has been on display in the Old Library since the 19th century. Two volumes can normally be seen, one opened to display a major decorated page, and one to show two pages of script.

    The Book of Kells is housed in the Old Library building.

    Opening Hours:

    Monday - Saturday 09.30 - 17.00
    Sunday (Oct. - April) 12.00 - 16.30
    Sunday (May - Sept.) 09.30 - 16.30

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    Trinity College Dublin

    by ATXtraveler Written Feb 1, 2005

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    Trinity College Dublin

    Trinity College's Mission Statement:

    Trinity College builds on its four hundred year old tradition of scholarship to confirm its position as one of the great universities of the world, providing a liberal environment where independence of thought is highly valued and where staff and students are nurtured as individuals and are encouraged to achieve their full potential.

    The College is committed to excellence in both research and teaching, to the enhancement of the learning experience of each of its students and to an inclusive College community with equality of access for all. The College will continue to disseminate its knowledge and expertise to the benefit of the City of Dublin, the country and the international community.

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    The Long Room

    by lina112 Written Nov 29, 2005

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    The main chamber of the Old Library, the Long Room, is nearly 65 metres in length, and houses around 200,000 of the Library's oldest books. When built, it had a flat plaster ceiling, with shelves for books on the lower level only, and an open gallery. By the 1850s these shelves had become completely full. In 1860 the roof was raised according to plans by the architects Deane and Woodward, to allow the construction of the present barrel-vaulted ceiling and gallery bookcases.

    Marble busts are placed down either side of the room. This collection began in 1743 when 14 busts were commissioned from the sculptor Peter Scheemakers. Other sculptors represented are Simon Vierpyl, Patrick Cunningham, John van Nost and Louis Francois Roubiliac, whose bust of the writer Jonathan Swift is one of the finest in the collection.

    The harp is the oldest to survive from Ireland, and probably dates from the fifteenth century. It is constructed from oak and willow with brass strings. As an emblem of early bardic society, this is the harp which appears on Irish coins. The attribution to Brian Boru, high king of Ireland (died 1014), is legendary.

    One of the dozen or so remaining copies of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic is on display. This signalled the start of the Easter Rising when it was read aloud by Patrick Pearse outside the General Post Office on 24 April 1916.
    The band of gold letters below the gallery commemorates benefactors of the 17th and 18th centuries: James Ussher, archbishop of Armagh; King Charles II; William Palliser , archbishop of Cashel; Claudius Gilbert, and Theophilus Butler.
    Changing exhibits of printed books and manuscripts from the Library's collections are mounted in the Long Room.

    Forbidden take photos. This one i got it in internet.

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    Trinity College

    by painterdave Updated Apr 28, 2011

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    Ten euros gets you into the old library, a view of parts of the Book of Kells, and a guided tour by one of the students. You can skip the guide for one euro less.
    The whole thing takes less than an hour, and was very interesting.
    The library smells just like you think it would...old books...and dust. They have some small exhibits of things to see while there, no photography allowed as they want to keep the profits moving in the souvenir stand at the end.
    Don't expect to see the entire book of Kells, they show only half, and not all of that can be seen. Still it is interesting to see such an old book so beautifully written. The colors are amazing.
    Also to be viewed is the Sphere Within A Sphere, see photo below, and I also have put up a video of it moving. view it at: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/vv/49ab/
    sorry about the noise in the background.....

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