Trinity College is the biggest university in Dublin, and it has about 17.000 students. Most of the students only study one subject unlike the universities in Denmark. The university was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1st. the university is known for its beauty not for its age.
Our class went on a study trip and the first attraction on our schedule was to visit the Trinity College where we had the pleasure of getting a guided tour by a prior student. The student was very enthusiastic even though he was a bit hung-over he made a great effort to make the guided tour exciding. He told us that it was freshman week, which was why there were a lot of societies, sport teams and courses for the students to join. You could tell that many of the freshmen were looking forward to join the college in the next following week. The atmosphere was very joyful and festive. The guide also told that the university once was used as a barrack to contain soldiers and weapons.
We would like to give the tour 4 stars because the guided tour and atmosphere were catching and it made attending this university look exciding even to a group of students from high school in Denmark.
By the main entrance to Trinity College there is a statue of Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774) who was a successful playwright and poet who attended the college from 1774-79. He was best known for his novel, The vicar of Wakefield.
At Trinity College front entrance there is a statue of Edmund Burke (1729-1797) who graduated from this college in 1748 when he was only 19 years of age. He went on to be a successful politician in the British Government and led debates especially on political emancipation of Ireland.
Unfortunately i just did not have time to explore Trinity College but i managed to spend a few minutes there and i was rather interested to see the bronze sculpture by Italian artist, Arnaldo Pomodoro that is called "Sphere within a Sphere". I have since learnt that there are quite a few of these dotted around the world. The Book of Kells is one of the main attractions here which was written around 800 AD and considered the country's greatest treasure. As you enter there is a map which you will need as the college is quite large with several playing fields for sports. I did notice many foreign students in the grounds and found out that there are around 17,000 students attending Trinity. The students come from over 120 countries but i am not sure of the exact figures from each country nor the percentages.
The campus of Trinity College is located right in downtown in Dublin in the heart of the tourism district and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dublin. There are a number of beautiful historic buildings on the campus and it's free to walk around and view the buildings, take pictures, or enjoy a relaxing snack. If you want to learn a little more about the history of the college, consider a student-led tour. The cost of the tour is €12 and includes admission to the library and Book of Kells, so it's only an extra €2 for the tour. We had already toured the campus a bit, but found the guided tour really brought the campus to life. Our tour guide was Neil and he did a great job of telling us the history of the college. When we stopped at the statue of George Salmon, a former provost of the university, Neil told us how the conservative scholar was always opposed to allowing women to receive degrees from Trinity, but dropped his veto in 1901, which allowed women to attend. The male students are forever grateful to him. Outside Berkeley Library is Pomodoro's Sphere within a Sphere. When Neil was at Trinity, students called the sculpture the Death Star, but today, it's commonly referred to as the Golden Snitch. Neil was showing his age on this! Nearby is the Museum building. Neil told us how the flower carvings on the building represent the native flora of Ireland and the building was made with stone from various parts of Ireland, appropriate for the geology building. We really enjoyed the tour and if you're planning to visit the library anyway, it's definitely worth a couple extra euros.
Trinity College in the centre of Dublin, is a real must see. There is so much history here, you can feel it just walking around. The park areas are wonderful.
It's beautiful, serene, tranquil, even with all the tourists.
If you want to see the book of Kells, be prepared for a long wait in the queue's, or try being there when the open. The queue the day I was there was huge.
I can’t tell you about the studying quality in Trinity College, but the quiet ambience calls to reflection and concentration.
The campus is well conceived and harmoniously balanced, and the library invites us in.
Rather british, indeed!
Created in 1311, this ever since has been Dublin's largest college. For the tourist its famous as the home of the medieval manuscript, "the Book of Kells", one of the best preserved medieval manuscripts.
Most visitors to Dublin enter Trinity College from the main entrance, which is through Regent House, on College Green. Regent House was built between 1752 and 1759. Trinity College itself was actually founded in 1592, by a decree of the first Queen Elizabeth, on the grounds of an Augustinian priority.
Once inside the gates, the visitor interested in architectural history is overwhelmed by what is practically an encyclopedia of the Georgian style. Immediately to the right is the Trinity College Chapel, built in 1798 following plans made in the 1770s by Sir William Chambers. The Chapel, originally exclusively Anglican, is now properly multi-denominational.
The College Dining Hall is not your typical university café! Its classic Georgian façade was designed by the master from Germany, Richard Cassels (1690-1751). The building was carefully reconstructed following a devastating fire in 1984. It's still used as a dining hall today (2013) - and it's open to the public. Check it out! I had a nice inexpensive meal here on my visit.
The Printing House was also designed by Cassels. This small Doric temple is said to have been one of his first independent commissions in Dublin. Cassels was also the architect responsible for the Rotunda Hospital on the north side of the river.
I guess that I have been hearing about Trinity College for many years and what I was hearing was that this is truly one very highly regarded university indeed. Just being on campus was a little daunting to me. It is a truly majestic establishment in a very genteel setting. I really felt privileged to be there and I later found out that the Mission Statement of Trinity College says it all. This from the tcd website:
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."
What more can I say?
This area of Dublin is a very busy and hectic place to be in. Considering the bad pavements which are small/tiny and crowds around maybe not the friendliest place Dublin. Founded in 1592 by letters patent from Queen Elizabeth I as the "mother of a university", it was modelled after the collegiate universities of Oxford and of Cambridge, but unlike these only one college was established; as such, the designations "Trinity College, Dublin" and "University of Dublin" are usually synonymous for practical purposes. It is one of the seven ancient universities of Britain and Ireland, and is Ireland's oldest university.
The Book of Kells is regarded as an Irish national treasure and it can be seen, at least a few pages, at the Old Library of Trinity College. The book was produced around 800 AD by monks, probably at a monastery on the island Iona.
The book of Kells is well preserved and contains the four gospels of the New Testament. It is written in black, purple and yellow ink and it has magnificent illustrations of plants, people, mythical beasts, knots and geometrical patterns.