Book of Kells @ DCH

The Book of Kells is one of the oldest surviving religious manuscripts, thought to have been written around 800 AD and still celebrated today for its lavish decoration on prepared vellum. The book features the Latin texts of the four Gospels, based on a vulgate text.

It is believed that the original book was probably begun at a monastery in Iona and finished at Kells, Co. Meath. It was later buried in the ground for fear of the Vikings and after being eventually rediscovered, it was deposited for safe keeping in Trinity College around 1653.

It has been on display in the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin from the mid 19th century, and attracts over 500,000 visitors a year. It was also rated the second best Dublin tourist attraction, as voted on Tripadvisor, in 2013. Each day the caretakers of the exhibition change the page, so that a new page is always on display. It offers all visitors to Dublin a rare opportunity to view a timeless piece of religious art up close, in an impressive and accessible location - the only known surviving counterpart still on display is in Iona Abbey, a remote island off the coast of Scotland.

The Drury Court Hotel is very proud to have a limited edition replica of the Book of Kells on display in reception. The book not only features many of the impressive images of the original text, there are also explanatory passages for those of us not too proficient in Latin. We welcome our guests to make the most of the copy, and our 24 hour reception team will always be delighted to provide a closer view- without any of the queues involved in viewing the original!

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