Top 10 Oldest Temples In The World

Temple of Hatshepsut
Temple of Hatshepsut

Every country has its own past and culture which is also preserved for its future generations so that it always survives in the hearts of people. A lot of books, novels, temples, palaces, and biographies are created for depicting the cultural traditions and power of ancient times. Temple is considered one of the most auspicious places all over the world where the lord and the kings used to reside. People love visiting temples because they find peace, and happiness and engrave beauty in their hearts. People who love historical periods would definitely love to visit these oldest temples in the world. 

Oldest Temples In The World

1. Temple of Amada

The most ancient temple of Nudia is the temple of Amada which was initially erected on the eastern shores of the Nile river in the mid of 1550 and 1189 B.C. Though it was not a vast temple still its colors, beauty and architecture are preserved by plasters and are a great source of attraction. The brick walls of this temple depict some holy and serious writings engraved on it. But later it was converted into a church, despite being converted into a church some remains were still preserved and are adored today. 

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Temple of Amada
Temple of Amada

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2. Gobekli Tepe

Constructed between 9500 and 8000 BCE, the Neolithic site in South East region of Turkey is the Gobekli Tepe temple. Its massive stone pillars support numerous circular structures. These pillars are highly decorated with various types of clothing, reliefs of animals, and many other details. It was built on the top of the mountains away from the water in around 1963. It is one of the well-known world heritage sites and is valued as the first manifestation of manmade monumental architecture. 

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Gobekli Tepe
Gobekli Tepe

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3. Luxor Temple

One of the famous monuments of ancient Egypt is from around 3500 years ago situated on the shores of the River Nile, an auspicious temple was constructed named Luxor Temple. Constructed in 1400 BCE, Pharaoh Amenhotep III designed this beautiful temple along with many other builders and was finally completed by Rameses II. If you are thinking that this temple was built in devotion to God then, you are wrong. This temple was built to celebrate the victory of the kings. Numerous crowning ceremonies were held at the temple Luxor. Even the great Alexander was also crowned here. 

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Luxor Temple
Luxor Temple

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4. Temple of Hatshepsut

The Temple of Hatshepsut of Egypt also renowned by the name of Djeser-Djeseru was constructed by Senenmut in 1470 B.C. the idea of construction of this wonderful and most famous temple of Egypt came to the mind of Queen Hatshepsut. All the architecture, walls, and designs of this temple had some special idea or meaning or depiction of some events or some persons. 

According to Queen Hatshepsut, the only way to become immortal is to preserve their history and to create an impact on the minds of future generations is engraving them into the walls of temples, graves, mosques, and other massive buildings. After the hard work of 15 years, the time finally came into existence with three flours and is still a major visitor place in Egypt. 

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Temple of Hatshepsut
Temple of Hatshepsut

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5. Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni

At the time of 2500 B.C. an underground temple was established in Malta recognized as Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni. This temple is around 6000 years old making it the world’s best-preserved historic monument. Constructed in 1902, both sanctuary and cemetery were used in construction, and around 7000 people’s bones were found there. This lavish monument needs pre-booking to visit and only 80 people are allowed to visit in a day. 

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Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni
Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni

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6. Stonehenge Temple

A very famous ancient temple of England Stonehenge was constructed in the initial era of 3000 B.C. It is a human-created circle of great standing stones built hundreds of years ago and is found in Salisburi Plain in Wiltshire. You will be surprised to know that it took thousands of years for building this mysterious monument. Though it was created such a long time ago, if you visit this place even today you will find the big stones in circular patterns standing strong. 

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Stonehenge Temple
Stonehenge Temple

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7. Temple of Seti I

This 550 feet long temple was built to honor the ancestral Pharaohs of early times and was completed under the guidance of Ramesses II who was the son of Seti II. It is also recognized as the temple of Abydos and is famous for the graffiti on its walls. It is one of the most beautiful and unique temples of Egypt and is full of mystery, decoration, and pleasant views.

Usually, the buildings are rectangular but this unique temple is L-shaped with seven doorways. A woman named Dorothy Eady lived in this temple as a priest and the lover of Seti I. she used to perform the rites in the temple and she died in 1981. 

Temple of Seti I
Temple of Seti I

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8. Hagar Qim and Mnajdra 

One of the oldest temples in the world, Hagar Qim and Mnajdr temple is so great that to preserve this beautiful m monument two strong roofs are constructed to cover and protect this 5000 years old temple. It is a world heritage site constructed in 3600 and 2500 B.C.

The temple of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra is 500 meters apart and close to Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Park on the South Coast of Malta. It is a masterpiece constructed on the top of a hill using limestone, the second-oldest rock. Its massive wall and coat add beauty to it. Its women’s chamber, watering place, forecourt, and the main temple are worth watching. 

Hagar Qim and Mnajdra 
Hagar Qim and Mnajdra 

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9. Ggantija temple

Found on the island of Gozo in Malta, the Ggantija temple is the earliest temple in Malta and is even older than the pyramids of Egypt. It is the world’s second-oldest religious monument after Gobekli Tepe.  Being one of the oldest includes it is a world heritage site by UNESCO. Created using limestone, this temple was created between 3600 and 3200 B.C. The wall’s decorative slabs, paintings, and doorways are well-preserved and are worth watching. It is one of the oldest temples in the world.

Ggantija temple
Ggantija temple

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10. Palace of Knossos

The Greek’s largest and most historic monument is the Palace of Knossos. But this palace does not seem the same as it was years ago because of reconstruction due to several reasons. It is a big multi-storied building decorated with religious ceremonies and crafted structures. The halls, floors, rooms, treasuries, court, and throne are worth watching and are well decorated. It is greatly connected with Greek Mythology and countless tales related to Knossos. 

Palace of Knossos
Palace of Knossos

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