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Chester Beatty Library
The Chester Beatty Library was established in Dublin in 1950 to house the collections of mining magnate, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. The present library, on the grounds of Dublin Castle, opened on February 7th 2000, the 125th anniversary of Sir Alfred's birth and was named European Museum of the Year in 2002.
The Library's exhibitions open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. The rich collection from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe offers visitors a visual feast. The Library's collections are displayed in two collections: "Sacred Traditions" and "Artistic Traditions". Both displays exhibit manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts from the Islamic, East Asian and Western Collections. The Library is one of the premier sources for scholarship in both the Old and New Testaments and is home to one of the most significant collections of Islamic and Far Eastern artefacts. The museum also offers numerous temporary exhibitions, many of which include works of art on loan from foreign institutions and collections. The museum contains a number of priceless objects, including one of the surviving volumes of the first illustrated Life of the Prophet and the Gospel of Mani believed to be the last remaining artefact from Manichaeism.
The library regularly holds specialist workshops, exhibitions and talks on everything from origami to calligraphy, and admission is free. It's easy to escape from the rigours of Western life on the serene rooftop Japanese garden or at the Silk Road Café on the ground floor, which serves delicious Middle Eastern cuisine.
Our trip was fantastic! We had the best time, and would certainly visit Ireland again. If circumstances allow, the self drive tour is
definitely the way to go. We saw so much more that we wouldn't have seen if we went on a scheduled tour. All of the hotels and B&B's
were perfect. We decided that we really enjoyed the coastal areas, and would probably spend more time on the coast if we were to visit again. We actually made the trip to the Cliffs of Moher
after we arrived at the B&B in Bunratty, and are very glad we made the 1 hr trip. It was definitely worth it! Many thanks to you for
your help in arranging such an enjoyable visit to Ireland. I will highly recommend Irish Tourism to anyone I hear has an interest in
Thank you and best regards,
Dennis Blick, Conneticut, USA