Sacred Traditions

Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred.

The Sacred Traditions Gallery on the second floor exhibits the sacred texts, illuminated manuscripts and miniature paintings from the great religions and systems of belief represented in the collections – Christianity, Islam and Buddhism with smaller displays on Confucianism, Daoism, Sikhism and Jainism.

The Biblical Papyri, the remarkable collection of Qur’an manuscripts and scrolls and books of Buddhist thought provide the focus for the displays.

Audio-visual programmes on Rites of Passage in many faiths, prayer and pilgrimage enhance the displays.


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  • Slideshow
  • Guandi, the God of War
    CBL C 1080

    1 / 5

  • Mark 8.34-9.8 from Four Gospels and Acts
    200–250 AD
    CBL BP I f.7

    2 / 5

  • Nephrite snuff bottle in shape of three-legged frog
    CBL C 0823

    3 / 5

  • Biography of Prince Shōtoku (Shōtoku Taishi den)
    17th century
    CBL J 1004.4

    4 / 5

  • Jade book with portraits and descriptions of the sixteen lohan
    late 18th century
    CBL J 1007.1-2

    5 / 5

Open today 1pm–5pm

Tuesday to Friday 10am–5pm
Saturday 11am–5pm
Sunday 1pm–5pm

Closed Mondays: Nov - Feb

Closed 1 Jan; Good Friday; 24-26 Dec & Monday Public Holidays.

Admission is free
Suggested donation €5


Chester Beatty
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
D02 AD92