Most Ancient Temples in the WorldGiven the importance of religion in ancient civilizations, it's not surprising that these spiritual constructions were built using the latest architectural innovations and are imposing in scale.
StonehengeStonehenge One of the world’s most famous and mysterious monuments, Stonehenge. It’s located in the southwest of England. Though its original function remains unknown, it’s possible that Stonehenge was built as a temple for the worship of ancient earth deities.
Luxor TempleLuxor Temple Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city today known as Luxor. This sandstone from the Gebel el-Silsila region is referred to as Nubian Sandstone. Waset, During the reign of the New Kingdom, the, lived its most powerful time. The tombs in Karnak, Hatçepsut and Luxor temples and the Valley of the Kings belong to this period.
Temple of HatshepsutTemple of Hatshepsut Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut is a mortuary temple of Ancient Egypt located in Upper Egypt. It is located beneath the cliffs at Deir el-Bahari on the west bank of the Nile near the Valley of the Kings. Hatshepsut is considered one of the "incomparable monuments of ancient Egypt.
HypogeumHypogeum The Hypogeum in Malta is the only prehistoric underground temple in the world. The temple consists, chambers and passages carved out of the rock. Thought to be originally a sanctuary. Now became a necropolis in prehistoric time.
Hagar Qim and MnajdraHagar Qim and Mnajdra The Mediterranean island is a megalith temple complex dated to the Ggantija phase in Malta. Hagar Qim consists of the main temple and three additional megalithic structures beside it. These old temples were built between 3600 and 3200 BC. The temple has been exposed to severe wear and debris on the surface for millennia. In 2009, the conservation work was completed.
Temple of Seti ITemple of Seti I Temple of Seti I is the mortuary temple of Pharaoh Seti I on the west bank of the Nile in Abydos. The ancient temple was constructed towards the end of the reign of Seti and. The temple also contains the Abydos King List. (The reliefs in this old temple are some of the finest and most detailed in all of Egypt.)
Ggantija TemplesGgantija Temples Ggantija Temples is a megalithic temple complex from the Neolithic on the Mediterranean island of Gozo. The Ggantija temples are older than the pyramids of Egypt. Together with other similar structures, these have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Megalithic Temples of Malta.
Göbekli TepeGöbekli Tepe It is the world's oldest known group of cult structures of Şanlıurfa-Turkey. Most of these obelisks have hand and arm, various animal and abstract symbols. In animal motifs, bull, wild boar, fox, snake, and vulture are the most common motifs. It is not a settlement but a cult center. It is understood that the cult structures here were built by the last hunter groups, which are close to the transition to production - distribution and animal husbandry. It was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2011.
Temple of AmadaTemple of Amada Temple of Amada, the oldest Egyptian temple in Nubia. That was first constructed by Pharaoh Thutmose III of the 18th dynasty and go on to Amun and Re-Horakhty. The finest painted reliefs are in the innermost section of the temple where Thutmose III and Amenhotep II are shown being or making offerings to various Egyptian gods.
Palace of KnossosPalace of Knossos Palace of Knossos was built gradually between 1700 and 1400 BC. Located some 5 km south of Heraklion. It is the most important structure of the ancient city. Most of the objects from the ancient excavation area are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. The most famous of the objects found is the figure of the snake mother goddess who is identified with all of Crete. The main function of the palace is still under debate. It could have been used as an administrative center, a religious center or both, in manner.
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