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Mussenden Temple is a small circular building located on cliffs near Castlerock in County Londonderry, high above the Atlantic Ocean on the north-western coast of Northern Ireland.

It was built in 1785 and forms part of the estate of Frederick Augustus Hervey, the 4th Earl of Bristol, Bishop of Derry. Built as a library and modelled on the Temple of Vesta in Italy, it is dedicated to the memory of Hervey’s cousin Frideswide Mussenden.

Over the years the erosion of the cliff face at Downhill has brought Mussenden Temple ever closer to the edge, and in 1997 the National Trust carried out cliff stabilisation work to prevent the loss of the building. The inscription around the building reads, “Tis pleasant, safely to behold from shore/ The rolling ship, and hear the tempest roar.” The quotation is from Lucretius. The temple obtained a licence to hold civil wedding ceremonies in 2007.

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  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 3 years ago

    w0w! sweetheART love this beautiful shot a five*****fave ;~} Valz

  • Thankyou so much Val for the kind comments and fav! Cheers Roy

    – peaky40

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture, amazing view………….

  • Thankyou so much Antanas for the kind comments and fav! Cheers Roy

    – peaky40

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 3 years ago

    SUPERFASCINATING……GUENDALYN

  • Thankyou so much Guendalyn for the kind comments and fav! Cheers Roy

    – peaky40

  • Ulla Jensen
    Ulla Jensenover 3 years ago

    What a gorgeous composition and light. Lovely mood. Cheers x

  • Thankyou so much Ulla for the kind comments and fav! Cheers Roy

    – peaky40

  • Lissywitch
    Lissywitchover 3 years ago

    beautiful capture Roy

  • Thankyou so much Lissy for the kind comment! Cheers Roy

    – peaky40

  • James  Key
    James Keyover 3 years ago

    A really difficult light Roy, but captured perfectly. Well done mate.
    Cheers Jim

  • Thankyou so much James for the kind comments and fav! The temples actually sinking a little at the rear! Cheers Roy

    – peaky40

  • Steen Nielsen
    Steen Nielsenover 3 years ago

    Great shoreline you have in Northern Ireland Roy and a beautiful capture of the temple.

  • Thankyou so much Steen for the kind comments and fav! It was a great evening! Cheers Roy

    – peaky40

  • mikequigley
    mikequigleyover 3 years ago

    Nice shot – mq

  • Thankyou so much Mike for the kind comment! Cheers Roy

    – peaky40

  • M.S. Photography/Art
    M.S. Photograp...over 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot Roy,good composition too!

  • Thankyou so much Margaret for the kind comments and fav! Cheers Roy

    – peaky40

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture Roy great composition

  • Thankyou so much Maggie for the kind comments and fav! Cheers Roy

    – peaky40

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