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Old 02-13-2016, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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This is a new one to me:

The Shell Grotto, Margate

A minor mystery -- discovered in 1835, and most likely an example of an 18th century "folly". Here's the Wikipedia entry on it:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shell_Grotto,_Margate

I'm glad they're making efforts to preserve it.
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Old 02-13-2016, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Subconscious Syncope, USA (Northeastern US)
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Very nice. For some of the mortar to be a Roman type, and given the arch style doorways and other symbols, perhaps it was a place for druids to still congregate with the opposition of imposing Christianity forcing them underground. Maybe the secret was kept by the whole town because the temple served the whole town, and it was only a secret from any outside forces.

Perhaps it was a place to enshrine a loves ones bones or ashes that have long sense dissipated due to the elements.

Perhaps its was a relatively elegant place for a rich man's trysts, or a secret social society to gather.

Its sort of amazing their are no tell-tale artifacts around it to provide clues.

At any rate, it does look worth preserving.
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Old 02-14-2016, 10:00 PM
 
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Interesting! Thanks for the link, I love stuff like this.
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Old 02-16-2016, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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very interesting. i've never heard of it.
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Old 02-17-2016, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Maine
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perhaps it was a place for druids to still congregate with the opposition of imposing Christianity forcing them underground.


It was the pre-Christian Roman Empire who persecuted the druids, because they suspected (and rightly so) that the druids were stirring up insurrection against the Romans. The big excuse Rome used to invade Britain was that the British religious leaders were stirring up the Gauls against Rome. The real reason was likely plunder, but the British insurrectionist accusation wasn't without merit.

Once Rome fell, there was very little real conflict between Christians and druids. It got kind of nasty in Scotland at times, but in Ireland (which was never Roman) the Christian monks and druids actually got along quite well. The druids' conversion wasn't one of imposition or persecution. It was fairly amicable because they saw so much of their own beliefs reflected in Christianity.
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Old 02-19-2016, 12:02 PM
 
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Judging by the pictures these people had to have a decent understanding of math and architecture to make this, so I am going to automatically rule out any ancient peoples who were in hiding, no way would they use so much man-power to build this, it would simply draw too much attention.

However a quick google search brought up another shell grotto in the UK which was built in the 1700's. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shell_Grotto,_Pontypool
This one looks very similar to the Margate one, so I am willing to bet its construction took place around the same time. Its a cool building and you can see how the wealthy of the era spent their money.
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Old 02-19-2016, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Examples of shell houses and other buildings from around the world (I especially like the one from Denmark):

Seaside Style: Casa Concha { Sea Shell Houses }

For those who enjoy these things as much as I do, this Wikipedia has a list of follies in Europe, the United States, and elsewhere:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folly
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