While making my summer reading list, I stumbled upon the Long Room, an 18th century jewel at Trinity College Dublin. Stretching some 215 feet in length, the barrel-vaulted reading room stocks the 200,000 oldest tomes in the library, an exclusive list considering the library has been able to claim a free copy of every book published in Britain and Ireland since 1801. Treasures of the stacks include one of the few remaining copies of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic, a document read by Patrick Pearse on the steps of the General Post Office, signaling the start of the Easter Rising, as well as the procession of marble busts memorializing great thinkers with Trinity ties, including Jonathan Swift and Francis Bacon. How long would it take to read the millions of pages lined up in the Long Room? Perhaps speed reading and a monocle necklace would make such a Herculean project possible.
Whoa. That place is amazing!
I agree: it’s a stunner!
Wow what an impressive room… I’m speechless!
Incredible that a room full of words induces speechlessness. A beautiful irony.
ha ha nice 🙂