Chester Beatty Library

By Zoe Smith, United Kingdom, January 2013

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In a city crammed with celebrated museums, Dublin‘s Chester Beatty Library has maintained its popularity since being voted the Best Irish Museum back in 2000. The historic library harbors a vast collection of around 22,000 items, featuring books, artworks and manuscripts ranging from 2700BC to the present day and including a number of notable rare works. Located in the grounds of Dublin Castle, the Chester Beatty Library opened in 1990 and owes its namesake, American collector Chester Beatty, for its incredible assembly of works, bequeathed to the public library after his death.

Renowned for its impressive assemblage of ancient oriental, Islamic and Indian texts, the library hosts a range of sacred texts, with highlights including an ancient copy of the Acts of the Apostles and early Bible texts written on papyrus.

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