The oldest known temples
“Always have the temple in your sights, because they an expression of God’s love.”
Are you looking for your next adventure? Are you fond of ancient places and like to spend your time there? If yes! Then you are on the right spot to complete the search. The oldest known temples are ancient temples across the world, and you can learn a lot about the fascinating history of the world.
What is the history of ancient temples?
I know you are curious to know about the time when it all started. Our forefathers gifted us these charming and fascinated places for our pleasure. Many of the sites are still a mystery for the modern world, and they do not know the technique of their structure. If we look deeply, then the world’s oldest temple is “Gobekli Tepe” in southern Turkey, founded in 11,500 years ago. Modern architecture is still unable to find the technique of its structure, and until now, it is many fascinating generations.
List of the oldest known temples
“Religion is the frozen thought of man out of which they build temples.”
You have known about one of the ancient temples in the world, but it does not stop here. There are many other oldest temples around the world to give you an insight into our forefathers’ greatness. So, we maintained a list of awe-inspiring temples that you need to explore right now:
One of the oldest temples that exist on this earth is Gobekli Tepe and locates in Turkey. According to the researched data, the foundation of this temple is 9000 BCE, and it rediscovered in early 1960. The research from the University of Chicago and Istanbul university started to examine it in early 1960. After the examination, they declared it as the remains of an abandoned medieval cemetery. In 1994, Klaus Schmidt from the German Archeological institute visited the ruins and found that ruins are older than they thought. Till now, this temple has become a place for hundreds of tourists.
Ggantija temple locates in Malta, and it founded in 3600 BCE, but it rediscovered in 1827. It is known as the second oldest temple structure in the world. According to the assessment, this temple built between 3600-3700 BCE on the island of Malta. People believe that in ancient times’ people used temples for different causes because of the fertility rituals, figurines, statues, and animal bones around there. According to ancient rituals, this temple used for the “goddess of fertility,” and it built by the female giant Sunsuna.
It is also located in Malta and founded in 3600-3200 BE, but its rediscovered n 1839. It includes in the oldest known temples of the world and made up of globigerina limestone. The globigerina saves this temple from harsh weather conditions surfaces flaking, so the UNESCO world heritage site took this temple under their list in 1992. Most of the temple demolished, but there are still some left, and we can see that in 18th and 19th-century paintings.
The Mnajdra temple which locates in Malta build in 3600-3200 BCE, and it consists of three temple structure which is as:
- First structure (3600-3200 BCE)
- The south temple (3150-2500 BCE)
- Central temple (Built-in between first and second temple structure)
The temple first excavated in 1840, and till then, it is well maintained and well preserved. Hundreds of tourists go there every year to visit this magnificent temple.
It locates in Malta and first discovered in 1913, but the first time of construction is around 3600-2500 BCE. It also has four structure building which was used by the ancient people for animal sacrifice. After the first discovery of this temple, people started to use it in 1915-1919.
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
It is the oldest known temple in the world, which is underground and locates in Malta. The construction year of this temple is approximately 3300-3000 BCE, and it rediscovered in 1902. Some of the earliest ancient that found on the site of the temple were old around 4000 BCE. UNESCO declared it as a world heritage site in 1980 and preserved it in 2017.
Ziggurat of Ur
The massive temple locates in Iraq, which constructed in 2100 BCE, but the year of rediscovery is 1850. It is one of the most well-preserved temples in the world created by king Ur-Nammu. The site was the extra excavated in early 1920, which was preserved by the Saddam Hussain in 1980.