Perched on the very edge of a cliff top overlooking Downhill beach and the Atlantic Ocean is Mussenden Temple. Built as a summer library in 1785,the achitecture being inspired by the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli near Rome.The Temple formed part of the estate of Frederick Augustus Hervy, former Bishop of Derry.Probably one of the most photographed scenes in Northern Ireland and used in various TV advertisments for the likes of NI Tourist Board and Guinness. The Temple has been in danger of falling over the edge but it has been saved by recent cliff stabilisation work carried out by the National Trust
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Noel_Byrne (27000) 2013-04-28 9:03
Beautiful shot of this wonderful place, one of my favourite places that I visited in Derry. You got stunning light on the temple itself, and a beautiful wide view over the cliffs and seascape. The stone wall creates beautiful depth leading into the shot.
Great that this unique place has been saved, it adds a lot to the feel of this whole site.
Thanks for sharing
mjw364 (7516) 2013-04-28 14:12
A nicely composed image that uses the wall as a leading line. The depth and scale provided by the distant beach in relation to the domed building. Interesting note too.
EstelleJ (921) 2013-04-28 22:04
I really like this one - it's something about the right composition and nice contrast. The scenery seems to be covered by mist in the distance and it helps to draw attention to the details in the foreground and the Temple. Great light and DOF.
pajaran (54556) 2013-04-28 22:10
Dobar tekst o starom Hramu ...
Lep pogled na stari Hram i liticu ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazano.
Lepa arhitektura i priroda.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Good article on the old Temple ...
A nice view of the old temple and the cliff ...
A good time recording, contrast, perspective, beautiful colors.
Good composition, nicely shown.
Beautiful architecture and nature.
Have a great day, all the best in the new week that started.
jhm (143511) 2013-04-29 2:23
You chose a very excellent angle right on the wall, these leads us perfectly toward the small temple.
Also an excellent image with this panoramic view on the sea and with the white waves.
Colour and composition are pleasant.
Sharpness and clarity are perfect.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice new week,
macjake (60642) 2013-04-29 4:05
a very interesting subject indeed!
you would have thought that the architectes back in the day would have known about soil erosion and how cliff tend to drop off at some point :)
surprised to see it built to close to the edge.
glad to see it being protected now.
and its strange to hear that its a summer library?
wonderful landscape shot for sure, i really like it.
Sonata11 (33641) 2013-04-29 6:36
this picture of temple architecture has been taken wonderfully with magnificent seascape and perfectly well done. Like it. Fantastic photo job. Thank you.
All the best,
ikeharel (62139) 2013-04-29 7:04
Good evening Arthur,
Long view down the beach in great scenery, even as the sky were cloudy there was a fine light on the waves, contrast to green cliff and hills.
Placed well the monument off-center, to include more of the landscape. Intriguing.
adramad (40196) 2013-04-29 8:14
Very interesting note, which puts us in the contemplation of this wonderful composition. Beautiful temple along the cliffs, with fabulous views of the coastline and the beautiful beach we see in the distance.
Beautiful range of color and a magnificent light, good sharpness allows us to recreate the details of the composition.
Have a good afternoon.
danos (89923) 2013-04-29 11:07
nice the view as the placement of the Mussenden temple,as overlooking Downhill beach.I like the excellent presentation as the light and the colour management of the image.
lousat (81690) 2013-04-29 15:41
Hi Arthur,spectacular capture whit the best point of view,i like the composition whit this magnificent neverending beach in background,perfect details and colors in the best exposure.Very well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
carlo62 (38052) 2013-04-29 15:42
bello scatto, la linea del muro porta direttamente alla bella architettura ed il panorama a destra, offre una grande profondità.
Robert1969 (7160) 2013-05-03 22:40
Great point of view and composition: the line
of the stone wall accompanied the eyes of the
viewer to the Temple and the viewer has a very
nice view right on the picture (in short: the
picture has a lots of depth and highness).
The light management is good.
ourania (35862) 2013-07-03 4:00
the architecture, the position of the elegant building and the scenery are irresistibly fascinating. I like very much your composition and the emphasis it places on depth and height. The motion of the sea is very attractive and the lighting diversity enhances the drama. The natural colours are soft, moody and beautiful, the atmosphere is romantic and lovely. There's a superb contrast between the strong definition in the foreground and the gradually fading background. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
Miguel82 (26546) 2013-07-04 10:56
A wonderful pov including a ruin and the cliffs of Derry area
Deep view and colors, excellent light
Cricri (110665) 2013-08-17 10:51
Un bon cadrage du temple laissant une vue magnifique sur le paysage des falaises de la mer, le muret de pierres guide le regard vers le bâtiment, belle présentation
brianmcc (6219) 2013-09-01 14:13
this is a cracking picture. I love your viewpoint looking along the wall. the backdrop is amazing. lovely natural colours and a wonderful light.
mcmtanyel (16031) 2013-11-18 7:49
I like the retaining wall providing a visual lead to the library. I am glad something was done about securing it.