The Temples

The Ionic Temple

The Ionic Temple enveloped by snow © Rievaulx Terrace, National Trust

The Ionic Temple enveloped by snow

The Ionic Temple graces the north end of the terrace. The temple was not just picturesque but also practical, serving as a space to rest and dine in. Despite its practical purpose, it's decorated with a splendid fresco depicting mythological scenes and ornate 18th-century furniture.

The Tuscan Temple

Although the the temple is called Tuscan the order is actually Doric © Rievaulx Terrace, National Trust

Although the the temple is called Tuscan the order is actually Doric

The Tuscan Temple follows a popular classical model which has its roots in the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli near Rome.

While the temple interior is not open to visitors the rich plasterwork decorating the inside of the dome and the tessellated pavement is visible through the window.

A winter view of Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Abbey seen from Rievaulx Terrace in the snow © Rievaulx Terrace, National Trust

Rievaulx Abbey seen from Rievaulx Terrace in the snow

In the basement of the Ionic Temple, where servants used to prepare food for the guests above, we now have an informative exhibition space. Here you can learn all about the temples' architecture, the terrace's formation and the Duncombe family,

Inside the temples

  • Ceiling fresco depicting Perseus and Andromeda by Guiseppe Mattia Borgnis © Nadia Mackenzie

    Ionic Temple opening times

    During property open dates Mon to Sat 12pm - 12.30pm,  2pm - 2.30pm and 3.30pm - 4pm. Sun 12pm to 4pm....

  • One of two gilt settees designed by William Kent © Rievaulx Terrace, National Trust

    Gilt settee designed by William Kent

    William Kent (1685-1748) is regarded as one of Britain's greatest Georgian designers.

In the spotlight

  • The entablature is doric not tuscan despite it being a Tuscan Templeempl © Rievaulx Terrace, National Trust

    Entablature

    The frieze’s ram skulls and rosettes show us that the Temple is, in fact, Doric.

  • A section of Rievaulx Abbey has been placed outside the Ionic Temple © Rievaulx Terrace, National Trust

    Stone from Rievaulx Abbey

    A portion of Rievaulx Abbey placed next to the Ionic Temple proves they are linked.

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