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Mussenden Temple – photos and facts

Mussenden Temple

Mussenden Temple (credit: Adrian O’ Neill)

Mussenden Temple is a small circular building located on cliffs near Castlerock in County Derry, Northern Ireland.

Mussenden Temple

Mussenden Temple (credit: Flickr user john.purvis)

The temple was built in 1785 and forms part of the estate of Frederick Augustus Hervey, the 4th Earl of Bristol, Bishop of Derry.

Mussenden Temple

The Cliffs at Mussenden Temple (credit: Flickr user john.purvis)

Built as a library and modeled from the Temple of Vesta in Italy, it is dedicated to the memory of Hervey’s cousin Frideswide Mussenden.

Mussenden Temple (credit Flickr user: leppre)

Mussenden Temple (credit Flickr user: leppre)

The Temple offers views westwards over Downhill Strand towards Magilligan Point and County Donegal, and to the east Castlerock beach towards Portstewart, Portrush and Fair Head.

Mussenden Temple (credit Flickr user: rafa_uoc)

Mussenden Temple (credit Flickr user: rafa_uoc)

Downhill Demesne and Mussenden Temple are open to the public. Opening days & times can be found here.

Source of facts: Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License