The Book of Kells is the most famous visitor attraction in Ireland and dates back to 800AD. Its 680 page book illustrates the 4 Gospels all written in Latin. It was later hidden by Irish Monks for fear of Viking raids, but was later rediscovered in 1653 and is now housed in Trinity College. The Book of Kells can be viewed daily and the book changes page once a day.
The text of the Gospels is drawn from the Vulgate, although it also includes several passages drawn from the earlier versions of the Bible. It is a masterwork of Western calligraphy and represents the pinnacle of Insular illumination. It is also widely regarded as Ireland’s finest national treasure. The decoration combines traditional Christian iconography with the ornate swirling motifs typical of Insular art. Figures of humans, animals and mythical beasts, together with Celtic knots and interlacing patterns in vibrant colours, enliven the manuscript’s pages. The book had a sacramental rather than educational purpose and is a fantastic piece of history for people of all ages. Tickets can be bought online and prices start from €9.
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