6 unique and timeless: The oldest temples


1. Palace of Knossos

The great palace was built gradually between 1700 and 1400 BC, with periodic rebuildings after destruction until it was devastated once and for all by fire.This palace is located some 5 km (3 mi) south of Heraklion, the Palace of Knossos is the most important and best known Minoan palace complex in Crete. Knossos is also often associated with the legend of the Athenian hero Theseus killing the Minotaur.

2. Temple of Amada

The Temple of Amada is the oldest temple in Nubia and it was dedicated to Amun and Re-Horakhty.  The temple is quite small and has crumbling exterior, its interior features some of the most finely cut reliefs with bright and vibrant colors. Alterations and decoration were carried out by later pharaohs.

3. Stonehenge

It is not known for certain what purpose Stonehenge served, but this is also one of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones in south west England. Stonehenge was produced by a culture that left no written records so many aspects of Stonehenge remain subject to debate. Evidence indicate that the iconic stone monument was erected around 2500 BC while the last known construction at Stonehenge was about 1600 BC.   many scholars believe the monument was used as a ceremonial or religious center. This days this is very  popular tourist destination in England and Stonehenge tours are available from several English cities.

4. Göbekli Tepe

Göbekli Tepe is a sanctuary built on a hilltop in southeastern Turkey. The houses or temples are round megalithic buildings while the walls are made of unworked dry stone and include numerous T-shaped monolithic pillars of limestone that are up to 3 meter (10 ft) high.

5. Hagar Qim and Mnajdra

The megalithic complex of Hagar Qim is located atop a cliff on the southern edge of the island of Malta. Hagar Qim consists of a main temple and three additional megalithic structures beside it. The largest megalith at Hagar Qim is some 7 meters (23 ft) high and weights around 20 tons.

6. Ggantija Temples

Constructed from 3,600-3,000 BC, high on a hill on the island of Gozo, is the Stone Age Ggantija prehistoric temple complex. The Ggantija temples are the earliest of a series of megalithic temples in Malta, pre-dating Egypt’s pyramids and Britain’s Stonehenge by over a 1,000 years. The temples on Malta are the oldest temples in Europe.




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