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by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
July 17, 2012
From journal A Week in Ireland
June 7, 2006
The museum is not a large one, and thus takes an hour or less. It is well worth the trip, however, if only to marvel at the remarkably good condition of the books. It's a medievalist's dream, but is very accessible to everyone.
From journal Fun in Dublin
October 4, 2005
From journal 10-Day Trip to Ireland
Vernon Hills, Illinois
From journal 4 Days In Dublin
June 15, 2003
From journal Three nights in Dublin
Cary, North Carolina
October 27, 2002
Downstairs is where you'll find on display the Irish medieval gospel manuscripts, most importantly, the Book of Kells. This is a manuscript of the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Created over 1000 years ago by Irish monks, the book is lavishly decorated in Latin, with many Christian symbolic drawings - from animals to the Celtic cross.
The cost to see the Book of Kells is 7 euros, and the times of admission are a bit tricky. Mon-Sat 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. - and they kick you out promptly at 5. Sundays 12 - 4:30 from October until May, and 9:30-4:30 in the summer.
The most facinating part is seeing the history behind it, how the books were bound, how they got the colors they used, what monks were in charge of what tasks, etc. My favorite thing was reading the poem written by a monk about he and his cat, Pangur Ban.
You are not allowed to take pictures inside the display, but there are very good pictures on postcards in the gift shop.
Having now done this, I wouldn't say it's a must-see if your cramped on time, but I'd say if you have an hour or so to spare, take a look.
From journal Dublin, Ireland - Slainte!
March 9, 2001
From journal Historic Dublin
Marina del Rey, California
November 18, 2000
From journal Whirlwind Two Days In Ireland