Saturday, July 25, 2015

Ireland, Day 13: Dublin - Book of Kells & Molly Malone Statue Postcards

I found so many wonderful postcards from the Book of Kells exhibit, I found it difficult to limit myself.

The Book of Kells was written in Latin c. 800 AD. The letters J, K, U, and W are not used by the Romans; they were added int he middle ages. J was created from the letter I, while U and W were developed from V. Q was used only before a U, which was followed by a vowel The letter Y was adopted from Greek.

The reverse of this postcard notes the alphabet chosen from the Book of Kells: A - Amen (folio 79r); B - Bonum (folio 177r); C - Coepit (folio 266f); D - Duces (folio 100v); E - Erit (folio 104r); F - Factum (folio 210v); G - Generato (folio 76v); H - Haec (folio 68v); I/J - Ideo (folio 83v); L - Lucas (folio 16v); M - Magnificat (folio 191v); N - Nemo (folio 253v); O - Orate (folio 173r); P - Petrus (folio 119r); Q - Qui (folio 58v); R - Respondens (folio 80v); S - Sicur (folio 104v); T - Tunc (folio 86r); U/V - Vae (folio 100c); X - Exivit (folio 165v); Z - Zachariae (folio 19v).

Symbol of St. Mark - Folio 130r Mark I
Folio 34r: Matthew 1.18 Chi Rio
Folio 8r: Beginning of the Breves Causae
of Matthew
Folio 285r: Luke XXIV

This postcard is the Long Room in Trinity College; it's more than 200 feet long, and houses around 200,000 of the Library's oldest books. In 1860 the roof was raised to allow the construction of the present barrel-vaulted ceiling and gallery bookcases. Marble busts are placed down either side of the room which also contains the oldest surviving harp in Ireland. 


The Molly Malone statue is located near Trinity College, around the corner from St. Andrew's Church, where was was supposedly baptized. The statue is life size and is made from bronze. Legend tells us that Molly Malone was a fishmonger on the streets of Dublin in the 1600s.


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