This evening, I am focusing on Trinity College, Dublin, Republic of Ireland. This is a popular visitor site, the key aspects of which are:

  • Founded 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I of England for students of the Protestant faith. Catholic students admitted in 1970.
  • Former students include Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and Samuel Becket. 
  • Architecture is mainly of the Georgian style.
  • A campanile ( bell tower) dominates the quadrangle besides which is a Henry Moore statue, Reclining Connected Forms.
  • Buildings include Chapel, Examination Hall and the Old Library which was finished in 1732.
  • The Douglas Hyde Gallery is inside the Arts and Sciences building. This Gallery hosts modern art exhibitions.
  • The prime exhibit in the Old Library is the Book of Kells, one of the oldest books in the world, dating from the 800s when it was begun by monks on the Scottish island of Iona and subsequently kept at the monastery of Kells in Ireland for 700 years.
  • The library of Trinity College contains over 3.0m books. 200,000 of the library’s oldest books are kept in the Long Room.

Trinity College is an essential component of a tour of Dublin.

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