C7536 : The Mussenden Temple, Downhill
3 km from Castlerock, Ireland
A temple on Downhill Demesne which sits at the edge of cliffs above Downhill Strand. Once part of the estate of Frederick Augustus Hervey, Bishop of Derry and Earl of Bristol (or the Earl Bishop), the temple was constructed 1783-1785 and was named in honour of the Bishop's cousin Mrs Frideswide Mussenden. The architect was the Bishop's master builder Michael Shanahan who based the design on the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli; an inscription found inside reads "Tis pleasant safely to behold from shore the rolling ship and hear the tempest roar". The temple was constructed of local basalt and faced with Ballycastle sandstone which was brought here by boat. Originally built as a summer library, it is now empty and, along with the rest of the demesne, owned by the National Trust. The temple is also one of the most photographed buildings in Ireland.
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- Date Taken
- Monday, 3 September, 2012 (more nearby)
- Thursday, 6 September, 2012
- Geographical Context
- Subject Location
Irish: C 758 362 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:10.0606N 6:48.6602W
- Photographer Location
- Irish: C 757 362
- View Direction
- East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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