Tuesday, March 15th, 8:00am.
It’s a cold morning, cloudy looks like it might rain.
Dublin feels like a big city, well it is. Many cars, people all in a hurry to work, but many businesses still closed. Buses pass very close.
As I walk and take in the architecture of the city, the brick constructions come to life, beautiful grungy textures adorn buildings. Years of rain and smog might be the reason for the multitude of shades, but mixed with the leafless trees at this time creates an eerie sense of time down Synge Street.
Tuesday, March 15th, 12:00 noon.
Sadly Dublin Castle was not open to the public 🙁
About Dublin Castle
(Irish: Caisleán Bhaile Átha Cliath) off Dame Street, Dublin, Ireland, was until 1922 the seat of the United Kingdom government’s administration in Ireland, and is now a major Irish government complex.
Most of it dates from the 18th century, though a castle has stood on the site since the days of King John, the first Lord of Ireland. The Castle served as the seat of English, then later British government of Ireland under the Lordship of Ireland (1171–1541), the Kingdom of Ireland (1541–1800), and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1800–1922).
But the Chester Beatty Library was open, entrance was free.
About The Chester Beatty Library
It was established in Dublin, Ireland 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 7, 2000, the 125th anniversary of Beatty’s birth and was named European Museum of the Year in 2002. 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 Chester Beatty Library had a very unique collection of historical books, paintings and artifacts. But no cameras were allowed inside.