Kilwarlin Moravian Church is situated in the countryside of Co Down, near Hillsborough. It is unique for its gardens, earthworks which represent Thermopylae as it was during the battle in 480 BC. The landscaping was completed under the stewardship of Reverend Basil Zula, minister of Kilwarlin from 1834 until his untimely death in 1848. Zula came to Ireland from his birthplace, Parga in northern Greece, during the Greek War of Independence.
An outing has been arranged to Kilwarlin to visit the Thermopylae Gardens. The current minister, Rev. Livingstone Thompson, will tell us more of the fascinating story of Basil Zula, and will guide us around the gardens and the graveyard where Zula is buried.
The outing will take place on Wednsday 20th July, leaving Queen’s University Belfast at 2pm and returning at approximately 5pm. The fee is £10 to cover the cost of transport. Refreshments will be provided at Kilwarlin. The trip is open to Summer School students and their friends.
Visit this link for drone footage of the Thermopylae Gardens: https://youtu.be/O3SFO7lApjo