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Mussenden Temple, Castlerock
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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 Protestant 4th Earl of Bristol. Built as a library and modelled from 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, "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." The quotation is from Lucretius De Rerum Natura'', 2.1-2Now part of the National Trust property of Downhill Estate & Mussenden Temple, the grounds encompassing Mussenden Temple, and its manor house (Downhill Castle) are open to the public all year, from dawn to dusk. The temple itself is open on certain days, and admission is free. The Temple offers views westwards over Downhill Strand towards Magilligan Point and County Donegal and to the east Castlerock beach towards Portstewart, Portrush and Fair Head.
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  • The Mussenden Temple was closed at the time when we arrived, but it still worth a visit just to admire its elegant building design. It was situated at the edge of the cliff. Alongside, you will get a ...  more »
  • Visiting Northern Ireland, you have to see this place. Fantastic views, we we were fortunate enough to watch them during sunset.
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  • The Mussenden Temple was built in 1785 as a library, with a beautiful coastal cliff as a backdrop. It's on the grounds of the ruins of Downhill Demesne, which are wonderful as well. We enjoyed hiking ...  more »