Mussenden Temple – United Kingdom
The Mussenden Temple is a small circular building located on cliffs off the Northwest Atlantic coast in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Currently, the temple is an architectural monument, open for free visits by tourists throughout the year.
Mussenden Temple was built in 1785, and at the time of its construction was part of the estate of Friedrich August Hervey, Bishop of Derry. Historians agree that Hervey built this building in honor of his cousin Frideswida Mussenden, and used it not for communication with the Lord, but as a summer library. Actually, this building was named a temple only because of the similarity of many architectural features with the Temple of Vesta in Italy.
Towards the end of the last century, it became obvious that if the rocks at the foot of the building continued to crumble, then in a few years it would decorate the landscape of the ocean floor, and therefore in 1997 it was decided to carry out work to stabilize the building’s foundation. After the completion of the work, the building continues to receive tourists, and since 2007, wedding ceremonies have also been held here.
- Coordinates: 55.16774100, -6.81090300