“The book of Kells, for anyone who is interested in history, is certainly a highlight,” says Faith of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure. An exquisite 9th-century manuscript of the four gospels of the Christian New Testament, the Book of Kells is renowned for its intricacy, detail and majesty of the illustrations. Set in the library of Trinity College, the book is protected by two-inch-thick glass and is a highlight of this 1-week Ireland tour.
“When you see the Book of Kells your jaw just drops,” she tells us. “You’re considering that every single part of this book has been touched by human hands. And human hands that we no longer know the name of. It’s called the Book of Kells because it was found at the Kells Monastery. But some evidence suggests that it might even predate its arrival there. So, we really don’t know the full story of this book.
“In the margins you can see markings. This is where the monks who were transcribing it used a medieval ruler to mark all the pages up, so they would get it in a straight line,” explains Faith. “You can see the human interaction with it and imagine what has passed. The story is that it has seen to tell is quite phenomenal.”
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