But there are also those who are more amazed by its magnificent architecture. What if you would find yourself in a library that has a magnificent architecture, a gigantic size, and a large collection of books to complete it? Try the real attraction when in Dublin; this is the majestic long room that is the library of Trinity College. This would topple off Phoenix Park, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and Guinness Storehouse in all aspects mentioned.


The library was built between 1712 and 1732. It is almost 65 meters or 213 feet long and houses around 200,000 books. It might surprise you why it has that many books. It’s because in 1802 the library was given the right to claim a copy for free of any published book in the whole Britain and Ireland. The Trinity College library is not only the largest in the country; it is also famous for having in its shelves The Book of Kells which is known the world over as one of the most valuable and famous manuscripts to exist. This book was written by monks 1,200 years ago. Can you beat that?


Another hard to find copy they have is the copy of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic. That’s why it’s not that surprising that someone would tell you once you find yourself in Dublin head for the library instead of the bars.

One other factor that adds up to the antiquity and historical charm of the structure is the presence of marble busts of the world’s greatest thinkers that line up in the long room. You can find Cicero, Plato, Isaac Newton, and Aristotle marble busts. Aside from these, you can find priceless artifacts such as the 15th century harp. It may be hard for you to find them inside the long room as you would be awed by its magnificence and grandeur.


You can check on the photos of the library that had been taken in different times of the day. The first photo is taken perhaps in the late afternoon; you can find the large arc formed by the canopied ceilings makes the library look like something it’s a scene from Harry Potter or something. All the shelves on the upper balconied areas are filled with books. The books’ alignment and minor misalignment in some areas gives it a more artistic look. It’s total eye-candy for someone who loves books.


Another photo is a close-up of the center aisle where the marble dusts are lined up to guard it. It’s quite obvious that the shelves on the lower areas are arranged and designed as those in the second balconied areas.


This idea gives the library a certain air of uniformity and dignity. The last photo is a bird’s eye view shot like the first one but the only difference is the color of the photo.


This appears to be taken early morning when the sun just came out. Its yellowish orange tinge makes all the difference.