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"Temple of Apollo" Stourton Things to Do Tip by stevezero

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  Stourhead - Temple of Apollo
by stevezero
  • Stourhead - Temple of Apollo - Stourton
      Stourhead - Temple of Apollo
    by stevezero
  • Temple of Apollo - Stourton

Included in the garden at Stourhead, are a number of temples designed to show off the Hoare family's education and wealth. The panoramic vista of the garden from the temple is unparalleled, and was once described by Horace Walpole as ‘one of the most picturesque scenes in the world’.
Inspired by the ruins of Baalbec in Syria, the temple was built in 1765 and dedicated to the sun god, Apollo, who in Greek mythology helped gardens to flourish. From his hill-top position, Apollo has been observing the Stourhead landscape for nearly 250 years.

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  • Written Jul 8, 2006
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