Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Two in One Day AKA Trinity College

I had no idea that I had not made a single post in the month of October. Due to this horrible lack of effort on my part- today will be called "two for the price of one" day. In the course of one visit to the blog- you get not just one, but two tidbits of writing from me.

The first stop that John and I made after checking into our B&B was Trinity College. (Ok, second stop if you count lunch at Burger King.) The campus is incredibly old, very historical, and covered in young Irish college students. Founded in the 14th century on the grounds of an abandoned monastery, Trinity is considered the oldest college in Ireland. This ancient school is also the home to some really really ancient books, which is the real reason to visit. For a fee, you can see the Book of Kells, Book of Howth, and maybe a few others. Some of you may be wondering why would you want to see these books and you may even be thinking that since you have never heard of them they must not be all that important. Ah, but they are!

The Book of Kells is a 9th century copy of the gospels, written in Latin, made by celtic monks in Ireland. It is elaborate, beautifully illustrated, and falling apart all at the same time. John is really interested in church history, so this was just fantastic for him. But, it was equally great for me, too. There is something breathtaking about the care that was taken to write the scriptures down- when most people didn't have a single page of the Bible, much less the 4 or 5 Bibles we all seem to have laying around now. The work that was placed in each page, the reverence, diligence and dedication that they had to have. Amazing.

Needless to say, Trinity college and the Book of Kells would be a highly recommended attraction! It has the "Halliburton Stamp of Approval".

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