The Library at Trinity College is where the Book of Kells is kept. I have a facsimile copy at home and was excited about seeing the original. You only get to see four pages of the original because they keep the books intact underneath glass, but I'm glad I got to see what I did. The library alone was worth the ticket, even though I think the library itself is free to tour. The ticket was only to see the Kells.
For those who don't know, the Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript containing the four Gospels of the Bible. I don't know if it's intricate Celtic art can be surpassed. I'll include some photos.
The book was found buried in Kells, Ireland and dates back to 800 AD.
The library was just incredible. I can't describe it. The photos speak for themselves. This post is the first of a thirteen day tour of Ireland and Germany. The Kells only took up the first couple of hours of our morning. The next post will describe our visit to the National Museum of Art and St. Patrick's Cathedral.
I believe I could happily live in a library like this. Maybe I should look into summer jobs there. This summer I will be alternatively posting reviews and photos of Europe. I hope you enjoy them.