Purple Travel

[March 16 2016]

A view inside the Shell Grotto in Margate, Kent

All the surfaces of the “Shell Grotto” are covered in mosaics created entirely of seashells. Mussels, cockles, whelks, and oyster shells are covering every inch of this cave. Fantastical floral patterns are made up of 4.6 million shells. The “Shell Grotto” was discovered in 1835, but its purpose remains unknown until today. Some suggested it was a smuggler’s cave, and others, that it was a Roman temple. It’s truly an amazing place to find yourself in.

Text Katja Horvat and photo Sasa Stucin


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