Image captured at Stourhead Gardens. Stourhead is a 2,650 acre (11 km²) estate at the source of the River Stour near Mere, Wiltshire, England. The estate includes a Palladian mansion, the village of Stourton, gardens, farmland, and woodland. Stourhead has been in the ownership of the National Trust since 1946.
Temple of Apollo (1765), possibly inspired by an illustration in Robert Wood’s "Ruins of Baalbeck.” The temple is round with detached Corinthian columns on a raised platform and a scalloped entablature (the original dome was a low, saucer-shaped hemisphere, similar to the one on the Pantheon). Though the Temple of Baalbeck is frequently cited as the inspiration for the Temple of Apollo, it is more likely that Flitcroft used William Chambers’s Temple of the Sun of 1761 at Kew as his inspiration (the Kew temple is a more accurate copy of the Baalbeck temple). By 1801 each niche of the Temple of Apollo contained a lead deity, copied from antique originals; a large cast of the Apollo Belvedere occupied the place of honor in the interior. The lead statues were moved to the House when it was rebuilt after the 1902 fire; three of the statues are silhouetted against the sky on top of the pediment of the entrance façade of the House; the others can be found outside the West Front of the House. The statues currently in the Temple are copies of the originals, made in 1907-08.