Plas Newydd is a country house set in gardens, parkland and surrounding woodland on the north bank of the Menai Strait, near Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey, Wales. The current building has its origins in 1470, and evolved over the centuries to become one of Anglesey's principal residences. Owned successively by Griffiths, Baylys and Pagets, it became the country seat of the Marquesses of Anglesey, and the core of a large agricultural estate. The house and grounds, with views over the strait and Snowdonia, are open to the public, having been owned by the National Trust since 1976.
Plas Newydd was remodelled by John Cooper of Beaumaris in 1783-6 and between the 1790s and 1820s by James Wyatt and his assistant, Joseph Potter of Lichfield. Their client was Henry, Earl of Uxbridge; his son Henry, who lost a leg at Waterloo, was created 1st Marquess of Anglesey. Architecturally, Plas Newydd belongs to the early 19th century and the ‘cult of styles’, cheerfully mixing Neo-classical and picturesque Gothick. Still, it is very much rooted in the 1930s, when the 6th Marquess of Anglesey refurbished the house and employed Rex Whistler to create an immense Italianate dining room mural. Aside from the mural, the interior is mainly Neo-classical with very good examples of late 18th-century Gothick work in the hall and music room. Outside, the sinuous shape of the landscape, framed by drifts of trees and shrubs, was set out by the leading designer of the period, Humphry Repton.References:
The Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere is one of the oldest churches of Rome. The basic floor plan and wall structure of the church date back to the 340s, and much of the structure to 1140-43. The first sanctuary was built in 221 and 227 by Pope Callixtus I and later completed by Pope Julius I.
The inscription on the episcopal throne states that this is the first church in Rome dedicated to Mary, mother of Jesus, although some claim that privilege belongs to the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. A Christian house-church was founded here about 220 by Pope Saint Callixtus I (217-222) on the site of the Taberna meritoria, a refuge for retired soldiers. The area was made available for Christian use by Emperor Alexander Severus when he settled a dispute between the Christians and tavern-keepers.
The church underwent two restorations in the fifth and eighth centuries and in 1140-43 it was re-erected on its old foundations under Pope Innocent II.