Photograph by DAVID ILIFF
Seen here is the famous ‘long room‘, the main chamber of the Old Library at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. At nearly 65 meters in length (213 ft), it is filled with over 200,000 of the library’s oldest books.
Built between 1712 and 1732, marble busts line the long room, a collection that began in 1743 when 14 busts were commissioned from sculptor Peter Scheemakers. The busts are of the great philosophers and writers of the western world and also of people connected with Trinity College.
Other treasures include one of the few remaining copies of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic and a special harp, the oldest of its kind in Ireland, and probably dates from the 15th century. It is made of oak and willow with 29 brass strings. It is the model for the emblem of Ireland.
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