Trinity College : Michelin's recommendations
Behind the austere façade is a succession of peaceful courtyards framed by 18C buildings. Near the entrance, a garden surrounds Provost's House, one of the most attractive Georgian residences, where the Provost lives. The Campanile (1853) designed by Charles Lanyon stands in the middle of Library Court, the south side of which is closed by the Old Library. This imposing 18C building is home to one of the three main libraries in the British Isles, with approximately 3 million volumes. In one of its galleries the Treasury room contains the most precious works in the library. The Book of Kells, the most famous of all, is an illuminated manuscript of the four Gospels in Latin produced on vellum c 800; the Book of Durrow, c 700, is another illustrated manuscript of the Gospels; the Book of Armagh (around 807) contains the complete text of the New Testament in Latin, as used by the Celtic church; the Book of Dimma contains both the Gospels and liturgical texts in a silver shrine dating from c 1150. On the upper floor is the Long Room, a majestic vaulted gallery 65m long, its shelves loaded with some 200 000 works. There is a beautiful exhibition «Turning Darkness into Light» on the origin of the manuscripts and the art of Irish illumination. An audiovisual presentation, the Dublin Experience, offers you an entertaining and informative presentation of a thousand years of history of the city, from the Viking epoch to our own time.