Mussenden Temple

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The Mussenden Temple lies within the grounds of Downhill Demense and is located in one of the most amazing coastal locations in the world, perched literally at the edge of a cliff which falls away to the rocks and beach far below. The Mussenden Temple was originally built as a library, and the inscription on the outside of the temple reads, “Suave, mari magno turbantibus aequora ventis e tarra magnum alterius spectare laborem” which translates to “Tis pleasant, safely to behold from the shore, the troubled sailor, and hear the tempests roar.”
There are a large number of links Wikipedia , Walk NI , Atlas Obscura , and the site which owns and charges you for entrance the National Trust .

It is one thing to have both the leisure time and a good book, but the Earl Bishop, who built it, tops them all when it comes to creating a magnificent building with such a great view to house his books. What an amazing location for a library! The Temple itself is only open to the public at certain times.

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