Well-Built Folly

The Temple of Philosophy in the Ermenonville Garden in France was deliberately left unfinished to symbolize the incomplete state of human knowledge.

Carved from a sandstone boulder, The Hermitage folly is said to have standing room for 18 visitors.

Connolly’s Folly, County Kildare, Ireland, reportedly provided work for hundreds of workers after a crop failure in 1740–41.

Ireland’s Jealous Wall was built for an irate landowner who wanted to block the view of his estranged brother’s nearby home.

An inscription on The Killiney Hill Obelisk above Dublin Bay reads “Last year being hard with the poor, walks about these hills and this were erected by John Mapas, June 1742.”

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