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Dec 4, 2011

UP, CLOSE & PERSONAL : Is "Damanhur Temples Of Humankind" 8th wonder of the World?

A best kept secret since 1975 - A New Age Commune 

The Hall Of Earth - Damanhur Temple of Human Kind

The Front Door Of Damanhur Temple
Recently I came across an interesting and typical new-age commune located in the Alps of Italy, Damanhur, through a link provided by my brother Animesh. Some consider the Temple structure buried 100 ft under a hill, (constructed in secret by Amateurs over a period of 13 years, without any drawings and plans) 8th Wonder of the world. In exploring further, I realise the beauty of the self made architecture  as well as the guiding philosophy of the commune i.e. The Damanhurians see the temple as a pathway to the divine inside and outside of one's self. (From the book "Damanhur Temples of Humankind"). So here is an introduction... for you to explore further and possibly move in...

Behind this plain, large wooden door is the maze that is the Damanhur Temples of Humanity. 

The Temples of Humankind are a collection of subterranean temples buried 100 ft underground. They are decorated in several motifs stressing peaceful human collaboration. The Temples are located in the foothills of the Alps in northern Italy, 30 miles from Turin, in the valley of Valchiusella.

The superimposed layout of Damanhur Temple buried 100 Ft
under the mountain you see here

The temples were created under the direction of Oberto Airaudi who, having claimed visions of ancient temples at age 10 from a previous life, began excavation and building in August of 1978. By 1991 most of the chambers were reportedly complete when Italian police, acting on a tip from villagers, conducted a raid on the Temples. Eventually the Italian government reportedly gave them retroactive excavation and erection privileges and the Temples are now open to visitors.

Damanhur Temple - Moon Door
Parts of the Temples:
  • Hall of Water – dedicated to the feminine principle, it is in the shape of a chalice and invites receptivity
  • Blue Hall – for meditation on social matters and is used as a place of inspiration and reflection
  • Hall of Earth – dedicated to the masculine principle, to the earth as an element and planet and to past and future reincarnations
  • Hall of Metals – represents the different ages and developmental stages of humankind and the shadow elements of the human psyche
  • Labyrinth Hall – showing Interfaith worship through the centuries, uniting different cultures and peoples
  • Hall of Spheres – positioned where 3 synchronic lines merge, inviting planetary contact and transmission of messages, ideas and dreams to create harmony between nations
  • Hall of Mirrors – dedicated to the sky, air and light, solar energy, strength and life. There are 4 altars to earth, water, air and fire

Damanhur Temple - Earth Hall


Text from Wikipedia
Images from Good Morning America

Now I will leave you with a video from You Tube, discussing their community and their aspirations to live harmoniously together.

To see the feature about the art of Damanhur Temples at Good Morning America by ABC Click here...

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  1. This is so amazing, though I feel it is an understatement. There are so many wonderful things and places on this earth that we are still discovering.

  2. fascinating Shashi the temple and the commune ~ all of those years that they choose to stay ~ with their 'families' ~ one said they are doing what many governments are not being effective ~ thinking imaginatively and building on individuals strengths ~ love all your posts Shashi when ever I visit I am sure to find something of inspiring interest ~ Namaste my friend ~ Lib


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