Mussenden Temple

Mussenden Temple is situated on the beautiful north coast of N.Ireland on the edge of a 120ft cliff above the Atlantic ocean. The temple was built by Fredrick Augustus Hervey in 1785. He was the bishop of Derry and Earl of Bristol. The temple was built as a summer library with its architecture inspired by the temple of Vesta in Tivoli near Rome. The temple is dedicated to Frideswide Mussenden who was Hervey's cousin. The temple is in danger of falling into the sea so extensive clifftop stabilization took place in 1997 to help preserve this wonderful building and its history being lost forever. The views from the Temple are one of the most photographed in Ireland.