Trinity College, Dublin
At the south end of the O'Connell Bridge, which spans the Liffey in the center of Dublin city, the street forks. D'Olier Street, to the left, leads southeast into Pearse Street. Westmoreland Street, straight ahead, runs in a gentle curve to College Green, with the main entrance to Trinity College, in spacious park-like grounds which are open to the public.
For tourists the most interesting building on the Trinity College campus is the Old Library. Since 1801 the library has been a copyright library, i.e. it is entitled to receive a copy of every book published in Ireland and Great Britain. It now has some 5,000 manuscripts and two million printed books. Among its treasures are manuscripts, incunabula and early printed books. On the ground floor, the so-called Colonnades, the Book of Kells (eighth century) is displayed. This book, containing the four Gospels, has some 340 richly decorated pages, one of which is on show each day; the beginnings of the Gospels and of individual chapters have particularly elaborate decoration.Other especially valuable treasures are the "Book of Durrow" (seventh century), the "Book of Dimma" (eighth C.), and the "Book of Armagh" (ninth century, with an 11th C. leather binding). From the ground floor a handsome staircase by Cassels leads up to the Long Room, 200ft/60m long with a timber barrel-vaulted roof. Here can be seen marble busts of famous members of the university and an Irish harp, one of the oldest instruments of its kind.
Southeast of the Old Library of Dublin is the New Library (by Paul Koralek, 1967).
The Book of Kells is housed in the Trinity College library in Dublin. It was completed by monks and features the four Gospels. The book is an excellent example of Irish book-illumination.
A tourist attraction on the Trinity College campus is the "Dublin Experience," a multimedia show about the history of the city. This takes place in the Arts Building in summer.
Douglas Hyde Gallery
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