The Ionic Temple at Rievaulx Terrace

Beautiful mythological paintings on the ceiling of the Ionic Temple

At the far northern end of the Terrace is a rectangular Temple. Here stands the Ionic Temple.

Like the Tuscan Temple it has a classical Roman source- the Maison Carree at Nimes, and again is likely to have been designed by Thomas Robinson in the late 1750’s.
 
Here the Duncombe family and guests would dine and socialise after promenading along the Terrace. The lavish interior must have been a magnificent sight to behold by the privileged guests.
 
Although the room is filled with beautiful furniture and ceramic; including Chamberlain Worcester porcelain, and a set of twelve mid-18th century mahogany dining chairs, the chief glory is the ceiling. The restored plasterwork of the portico looks back to the work of Inigo, Jones, and the early 17th century father of Palladianism. Its frescoes of mythological scenes are the work of Italian painter Giuseppe Mattia Borgnis, who came to England around 1753. In the centre of the ceiling is Aurora, Apollo and the Muses, based on the Guido Reni’s mural in the Palazzo Rospigliosi in Rome.
 

Visit the Ionic Temple each day 

Usual opening times 

Monday – Saturday 
10.45am –11.15am
12.30pm – 1pm 
2.30pm – 3pm 
 
Sunday 
11am – 1pm 
1.30pm – 3pm 
 

Summer opening times

Monday – Saturday
10.45am – 11.15am
12.30pm – 1pm 
2.30pm – 3pm 
3.45pm – 4.15pm 
 
Sunday 
11am – 1pm 
1.30pm – 4pm 
 

Beneath the Ionic Temple, you’ll find our exhibition space to learn more about the terrace and temples.

Splendor of the Ionic temple
Inside the Ionic Temple
Splendor of the Ionic temple