The Book of Kells

Portrait of Christ

In the library of Trinity College Dublin, are kept some of the best preserved manuscripts of the 8th and 9th centuries.  These were copies of the Gospelspainstakingly written and illustrated by teams of monks.  The Book of Kells is undoubtedly the most famous.  It was started on the Isle of Iona but completed in Kells from where it got its name.  All but two of its pages are coloured.  There are decorated letters and illustrations for the gospels.  It along with other books such as the Book of Durrow can be seen by the public in Trinity.  One page of the
 Book of Kells is turned over every day.

Virgin and Child with angels

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