Today’s Fun Photo Friday is the fourth and last of Dublin favorites. Next week we move on to the Cliffs of Moher and other Irish destinations.
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The Book of Kells dates back to late 8th to early 9th century. It may have originated in Kells, or perhaps any of several places with the British Isles. The accepted theory is that the book at least began life in a Columban monastery on Iona and was completed at the Abbey of Kells.
So, what exactly is an “illuminated” manuscript? No; it’s not one that is bathed in light from a manmade source. In this case illuminated means the work is highly decorative, with stylized drop caps, decorative borders, and miniature illustrations, all done in bright colors and with gold and silver leaf. Take a look at this for examples:
The Book of Kells is quite the wonder. But so, too, is the library which houses it today. This is the incredible Library of Trinity College, specifically, the Old Library completed in 1732. The most impressive, and iconic, view is of the Long Room:
Busts of historic authors and philosophers are contained throughout the Long Room:
Time to marvel at the spectacle of the Long Room:
Within easy walking distance of our accommodations at Hotel Bloom was the historic Trinity College Dublin. Here Ursula was most interested in visiting the famous Book of Kells, which you’ll see on Wednesday. As for today, we’re going to explore the grounds of the college. Let’s start with the Campanile bell tower in heart of the college:
I had a lot of fun photographing this college, as the buildings are older than even I am:
The gentleman pictured below is Irish novelist Oliver Goldsmith, a famous alumnus of the college:
Today’s gallery is just me having fun with photographing this place:
And in Wednesday’s article I’ll show you the Trinity College Library and some images of the Book of Kells