Must see! A Dublin instution not only for bookworms.
This is truly a Dublin institution to visit! Hidden away behind leafiness and bushes, Marsh's library offers a rare insight into the bygone eras. The character of the place is absolutely marvelous. The shelves sag from the weight of books and knowledge that is present in the building and the gentle hush of the walls feels many years old. Visiting Marsh's library is like wandering into a film along the lines of Indiana Jones'; it's there for you to discover!
For almost next to nothing, one can visit this library located at the start of Dublin's Liberties. Its main calling card is its rather elongated corridor; it has a tremendous array of old books, many of which were bequeathed by Edward Stillingfleet. But amazingly, to read these books, one had to be caged in, lest one did a runner with the literary tome in their hands! This can still be beheld and so is a real blast from the past! Indeed it would seem, that even Houdini would have been hard pressed to escape or extricate himself. Coupled with this, is the belief that the library is haunted by none other than its founder, Archbishop Marsh, still looking for his daughter who ran away with her lover! On a literary note, perhaps its most compelling feature, is seeing the original comments of Dean Jonathan Swift, in the margins of some of its books. Take a plunge in the depths of Marsh's.
This is Ireland's oldest public library.The library was built in 1701 by a person called Archbishop Narcissus, the Georgian home was designed by Sir William Robinson. The library has many attractions including a 300-year-old interior complete with oak bookcases topped with mitres, and 25,000 books from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Many subjects are covered in the Library including medicine, law, science, music, ancient history and travel. The library is open to the public and events include regular book exhibitions. This library is a great gem.
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