We went to Trinity College Library to see The Book of Kells which is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various prefatory texts and tables. It is believed to have been created c. 800 AD. It is a masterwork of Western calligraphy and widely regarded as Ireland’s finest national treasure. No photos were allowed of the Book of Kells, but we were able to take pictures of the beautiful library which houses 200,000 antique books.
Our second stop was St. Patricks Cathedral (pictures 4 – 6) which was founded in 1191 and is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. It is also the tallest and largest church in Ireland. Jonathon Swift, the author of Gulliver’s Travels, is buried there. Also, the first performance of Handel’s Messiah took place in this church.
Our guide kept telling us that we should not miss the Archeological Museum so we went there in the afternoon. It was very interesting. They had three bodies that they had found in the peat bogs that were 2,000 years old and almost perfectly preserved. We are finding out from our guide that the Irish do not care much for British royalty. Dublin is full of Georgian houses. When King George IV died, all of the doors were supposed to be painted black. The Irish, in defiance, painted the doors all kinds of colors.
We had a walk through the park that was across from our hotel and then went to a pub for fish and chips. What else do you do when you are in Dublin?