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The Book of Kells - an 8th Century Illuminated Manuscript at Trinity College

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The Book of Kells (Latin: Codex Cenannensis; Irish: Leabhar Cheanannais; Dublin, Trinity College Library, MS A. I. [58], sometimes known as the Book of Columba) is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various prefatory texts and tables. It was created in a Columban monastery in either Britain or Ireland and may have had contributions from various Columban institutions from both Britain and Ireland. It is believed to have been created c. 800 AD. The text of the Gospels is largely drawn from the Vulgate, although it also includes several passages drawn from the earlier versions of the Bible known as the Vetus Latina. It is a masterwork of Western calligraphy and represents the pinnacle of Insular illumination. It is also widely regarded as Ireland's finest national treasure.
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Thanks Lyricist, I did not know what the symbolism was of the images. I hope someday I can see it in person. Colleen


The images over the arches - the man, the lion, the bull and the eagle - represent the four evangelists.


I'm so glad you created a Book of Kells puzzle! I hope there are more coming. Thank you! I can feel like an Irish monk drawing this page while I solve this beautiful puzzle.

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