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Book of Kells

Documentary heritage submitted by Ireland and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2011.

© Copyright 2010, The Board of Trinity College Dublin
Gospel of Matthew 23. 22-26

The Book of Kells is widely regarded as Ireland's greatest historical treasure, and is one of the most spectacular examples of medieval Christian art in the world. Its fame rests principally on the impact of its lavish decoration, the extent and artistry of which are incomparable. The decoration ranges in complexity from full folio compositions based around initials or portraits, to small details used to augment and emphasise text. Each page contains decoration. The Book of Kells attracts around 500,000 visitors to Trinity College Dublin every year, and functions for many both in Ireland and further afield as a cultural symbol of Ireland.

  • Year of submission: 2010
  • Year of inscription: 2011
  • Country: Ireland
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