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.HistoryIt was built in 1785 and forms part of the Downhill Demesne. The demesne was formerly part of the estate of Frederick, 4th Earl of Bristol, who served as the Church of Ireland Lord Bishop of Derry from 1768 until 1803. It was Lord Bristol - popularly known as 'the Earl-Bishop' - who had the 'temple' built. Constructed as a library and modelled from the Temple of Vesta in the Forum Romanum in Rome, it is dedicated to the memory of Bishop Lord Bristol'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:"Suave, mari magno turbantibus aequora ventis e terra magnum alterius spectare laborem.''" "Tis pleasant, safely to behold from shore The troubled sailor, and hear the tempests roar."Make Mussenden Temple a part of your Castlerock vacation plans using our Castlerock day trip app .
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La visita al mussende temple debes hacerla si o si, si vas a Irlanda. Es bastante económica y puedes hacerla por tus propios medios ya q no hay muchas agencias q la ofrezcan. Para asesorarte bien, pue... more »Visit to the temple mussende should make it if or, if going to Ireland. It is quite economical and you can do it on your own and that there are many agencies that provide it. To advise you well, you can go to the center of Ireland where the central tourism office just opposite the most famous building of Ireland ciity hall or City Hall. There we learned that it was very simple and economical to go on our own. So we took a train, a journey of approximately 50 m. A comfortable, economical, super train tables, connection wifi and USB for charging the phone. You have to get off in the village Castelrock. A beautiful village, incredibly quiet with a beautiful beach and beautiful views. From there, the station, Thomas Street costera and you walk around 15 m and soon arrive in one of many entries that you have is magnificent recreational parks. The entrance is very economic and sometimes not even the Lord that charge. Any di enter you'll see a path walks by the and soon to enter a small N little forest with a Brook. The path presents forks and you can visit them with tarnquilidad. Then you find yourself with other entries and even the path where are those coming in your own vehicle. The trail begins to climb up to q find a gate. To stop it, you will see the three buildings that make up the mussenden temple. All three are in the upper part and flat along with beautiful sea views and cliffs. You can take your snack and lunch there and I assure you that you will have a beautiful day. Photographs are very nice if you're going to Ireland... Don't miss it!
Mussenden Temple è un piccolo tempietto molto e molto suggestivo sia per la camminata per arrivarci sia per lo splendido panorama sul mare more »Mussenden Temple is a small temple very and very impressive for both the walk to get there both for the beautiful view on the sea
Using our recharged annual NT pass, I recall of notes and discussion at site, if have it right, the imposing house/ cum temple originated around the second decade of the 18th C. by means of a local bi... more »
It is breathtaking. I should and could stop the review there, but I'll elaborate. You start at the mansion, where it has fallen to ruin. The walls are mostly in tact, but no roof, and the interior is starting to deteriorate. Exiting the rear of the mansion, you see the temple. You walk across a field to the temple overlooking sheer cliffs. Every few steps offers a different view. From one side, you see the beach and crashing waves. From the other, you can see sheer cliffs and a train track going through the mountain. Viewing from the beach is another unique view. Quite literally, it transformed into a completely different scene from every different angle. It's a photographer's dream :) I probably took 300 pictures here and had a hard time deciding which ones I liked most! This is a little out of the way of a lot of the other touristy places, but totally worth it! This was in my top 3 places I visited in Northern Ireland this trip.
Beautiful place. You can spend a great time here to walk through everything
Downhill Beach is a stretch of spotless white sands, overlooked by Mussenden Temple, a replica of the Temple of Vesta in Rome. Here, tourists and locals alike converge to watch surfers take on the waves. But this immaculate beach has a darker side – this is where Stannis Baratheon rejects the seven old gods of Westeros. He is proclaimed as the champion of the Lord of Light by Melisandre, and enters Dragonstone into the War of the Five Kings.
Great place to visit to admire the temple and vista's. If you arrive after the offical closing time it is free to enter and admire the sunset.
The view is amazing! Nice walks through the area great historical site.
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