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Today we'll be looking at Margate's Grade I listed Shell Grotto which was discovered in 1835. Absolutely nothing is known about its construction but there are 4.6 million shells over its 104 ft length.
You enter underneath a shop quite a way inland from the sea in a place you just wouldn't expect. Walking down through the chalk tunnel you enter the Rotunda, a circular path, go under a dome to the serpentine passage until you reach the altar chamber. Let's have a look.
It's been open to the public from 1838 and lit by gas lamps so much of the decoration is somewhat dark. In the museum room a modern reproduction shows what it could have looked like when new.
Hundreds of hours of work has gone into this grotto, it's very impressive. Such a mystery.