Last edited 04 Mar 2021

Trinity College Library

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In the library of Trinity College, the beautiful Elizabethan-style university founded in 1592 in Dublin, students spend long hours studying some of the great figures of Irish literature, such as Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett.

Trinity College, Ireland's oldest university, was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I on the site of a former monastery for the purpose of providing young Protestants with an alternative to perhaps the too "papist" universities.

It was not until 1793 that the university opened its doors to some Catholic students and in 1903 women were admitted for the first time - earlier than most British universities.

Among the millions of books it holds, the most valuable is Kells, a delicate manuscript with beautiful illustrations made by Celtic monks in 800.

On ascending to the second floor of the library, the silence is absolute.

In the centre there are gleaming showcases with old books and manuscripts. On the left and right are sculptures of such famous people as Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, Aristotle and Socrates guarding the library on both fronts.

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