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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrTrinity College or 'Coláiste na Tríonóide' in Irish, located in the heart of Dublin, was formally known as the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth.
While visitors and scholars spend time in long lines to get a glimpse of history, Trinity College has been educating the best students in Ireland for centuries. Amongst the graduates are renowned writers such as Jonathan Swift, Samuel Beckett, Bram Stoker, and Oscar Wilde.
A walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College Dublin will bring you back to the 18th century, when the magnificent Old Library building was constructed. Inside is housed the Book of Kells , a 9th-century gospel manuscript famous throughout the world.
Because of the fame and beauty of the Book of Kells, it is all too easy to overlook the other treasures in the library. They include the Book of Armagh, a 9th-century copy of the New Testament and the Book of Durrow, a 7th-century gospel book from County Offaly .
Trinity College also offers accommodation during the summer months from mid June to September. Rooms are priced to appeal to the budget traveler, yet most of the rooms are overlooking the picturesque Trinity campus.
HistoryFounded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I of England, the college was originally open only for the education of the Protestant elite. The idea of a university college for Ireland emerged at a time when the English state was strengthening its control over the kingdom and when Dublin was beginning to function as a capital city. Despite its 16th-century foundation, most of the buildings standing today were constructed in the 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1793, Catholics were admitted, however it wasn't until 1970 that the Catholic Church stopped threatening its members with excommunication if they attended. Women were admitted at the beginning of 1904 and today, the college is comprised of a diverse student body of all faiths, genders, and nationalities.
What to See
Long RoomOne floor above the Old Library is this stunning, two-storey, barrel-vaulted archive that houses 200,000 of the library's oldest books and manuscripts, and 48 marble busts of eminent writers and philosophers. With its ancient wooden shelves, alcoves, and vaulted ceiling it looks just like a picture perfect library. Besides interesting, temporary exhibitions of books and prints from the library’s collection, the Long Room also displays a gnarled 15th-century harp, the oldest to survive from Ireland, and a rare original printing of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic.
The Book of KellsThe Book of Kells is housed in the Old Library building on Fellows’ Square. A religious text written by monks more than 1,000 years ago is one of Ireland’s most important religious relics and is generally considered the finest surviving illuminated manuscript to have been produced in medieval Europe. The book’s golden pages, its elaborate illustrations, and intricate calligraphy are the highlights of any Trinity College visit. Be aware though, you will only see two pages of the book, on display behind glass.
Science GalleryThe Science Gallery opened its doors in February 2008. The gallery offers two floors of interactive exhibitions with changing focus on different areas of science. Exhibitions typically feature hands-on visitor participation and change on a regular basis. The opening hours change with each exhibition, so make sure to check the website to find out the current hours. Entry is free of charge.
Douglas Hyde GalleryThe Douglas Hyde Gallery is located adjacent to the Nassau Street Gate into Trinity College campus. The gallery's stark, modernist architecture is a fitting frame to the cutting edge, contemporary art exhibited on its two floors. The gallery has no permanent collection, exhibitions change frequently to reflect trends in contemporary arts. Entry is free of charge.
VisitingThe Old Library and the Book of Kells Exhibition are open daily, Monday to Saturday 09:30 AM - 17:00 PM, Sunday (May - September) 09:30 AM - 16:30 PM and Sunday (October - April) 12:00 AM - 16:30 PM. Allow at least an hour for your visit.
Trinity College also offers walking tours of its historic campus during the summer months. The tour will give you an overview of the history of Trinity College, its architecture, its most famous graduates, and includes a visit to the Old Library and the Book of Kells.
Getting ThereTrinity College Dublin is right in the center of Dublin and is well served by city buses. The DART stations of Pearse Street and Connolly Station are a short walk away. Both LUAS lines are also a short distance away at Lower Abbey Street and the terminus on St Stephen's Green.
When you reach Trinity College Dublin there are two entrances; one at the the Nassau Street and the other through College Green and the Front Gate.
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Author: Ayda. Last updated: Jan 09, 2015