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Phone+353(0)18962308

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Emailadiffley@tcd.ie

Webbookofkells.ie



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The Book of Kells is the centrepiece of an exhibition which attracts over 500,000 visitors to Trinity College in Dublin City each year.

Written around the year 800 AD, the Book of Kells contains a richly decorated copy of the four gospels in a latin text, based on the Vulgate edition (completed by St. Jerome in 384 AD).

The gospels are preceded by prefaces, summaries of the gospel narratives and concordances of gospel passages compiled in the fourth century by Eusebius of Caesarea. In all, there are 340 folios (680 pages).

The script is embellished by the elaboration of key words and phrases and by an endlessly inventive range of decorated initials and interlinear drawings.

The book contains complex scenes normally interpreted as the Arrest of Christ, His Temptation, and images of Christ, the Virgin and Child, St Matthew and St John. Originally a single volume, it was rebound in four volumes in 1953 for conservation reasons. Two volumes are normally on display, one opened at a major decorated page, the other at a text opening.

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  • Operating Hours

    1 May - 30 Sep

    SAT 09:30 - 17:00
    SUN 09:30 - 16:30
    MON 09:30 - 17:00
    TUES 09:30 - 17:00
    WED 09:30 - 17:00
    THU 09:30 - 17:00
    FRI 09:30 - 17:00
  • Operating Hours

    1 Oct - 30 Apr

    MON 09:30 - 17:00
    TUES 09:30 - 17:00
    WED 09:30 - 17:00
    THU 09:30 - 17:00
    FRI 09:30 - 17:00
    SAT 09:30 - 17:00
    SUN 12:30 - 16:30
  • Exceptions
    St Stephens Day closed
    Easter Monday 12:00 - 16:30
    May Day 09:30 - 17:00
    June Holiday 09:30 - 17:00
    August Holiday 09:30 - 17:00
    October Holiday 12:00 - 16:30
    Christmas Day closed
    New Years Day closed
    St Patricks Day 12:00 - 16:30
    Good Friday 12:00 - 16:30

(subject to change)