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‘The Mussenden Temple’


Downhill, Castlerock, Northern Ireland


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Downhill, Castlerock, Northern Ireland

Perched dramatically on a 120ft cliff top overlooking Benone Beach, high above the Atlantic Ocean stands the famous Mussenden Temple. Constructed in 1785 as part of the Downhill Demense by Frederick Augustus Hervey, Bishop of Derry and Earl of Bristol. The temple was built to serve as a summer library with it’s architecture inspired by the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, near Rome. I can only imagine how amazing it must have been for Bishop Hervey when he sat here almost 250 years ago, relaxing whilst reading his books inside this unique temple library.

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