Behold The Book Of Kells

By | November 7, 2019

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From the Book of Kells. Source: (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

One of history's greatest pieces of art and the finest example of the medieval illuminated manuscript is Ireland’s famous Book of Kells. It is one of the preeminent national treasures of Ireland. 

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Source: (Wikimedia Commons)


The Book of Kells is believed to have been originally crafted circa 800 A.D. by monks at the monastery of Iona who made it in honor of Saint Columba who had founded the monastery. It was later moved to the monastery of Kells where it was probably later finished. The entire story of the origins of the Book of Kells is still debated with some arguing that it was created entirely at Kells or Iona. It will likely remain a mystery.