Description

The Temple of Sibyl offers tremendous views of Shades Valley and Samford University from atop Shades Mountain. One of the earliest residents of Vestavia was George Battey Ward, the well-traveled former mayor of Birmingham and a man of many interests, including the classics. He purchased twenty acres in a prominent spot on the crest and built a home in 1924 designed after the Temple of Vesta in Rome. He named his home Vestavia, or home by the way. Across the road on a peak overlooking the valley below, he added a garden gazebo, a replica of the Temple of Sibyl at Tivoli.nnVestavia Hills iconic monument situated on a bluff near the intersection of US 31 and Shades Crest Road. A popular location for weddings, photography, small gatherings, picnics, and day trips. Open to the public from 7a.m. to sunset except when reserved. Sibyl Temple has on-site parking, restrooms, and picnic tables. Call (205) 978-0100 for information about making reservations.nnVestavia Hills iconic monument situated on a bluff near the intersection of US 31 and Shades Crest Road. A popular location for weddings, photography, small gatherings, picnics, and day trips. Open to the public from 7a.m. to sunset except when reserved. Sibyl Temple has on-site parking, restrooms, and picnic tables. Call (205) 978-0100 for information about making reservations.