A Land of Temples

Creating Sacred Space, connecting to Universal Wisdom

“Damanhur and the Temples of Humankind are for the 21st Century what Assisi was in the time of Saint Francis – both represent the deepest commitment to the well-being and the dignity of all our fellow human beings, and the highest respect for other living things and indeed for all of creation.”

-Ashok Kohsla, former Indian Minister of the Environment, and former President of IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature)

The creation of sacred space is a practical manifestation of the highest collective ideals. Building spaces with a symbolic and transcendent meaning gives a feeling of development not only in material, but also in spiritual and artistic terms. This, in turn, feeds community members with continuous, renewed inspiration that leads to new ideas and optimism. A positive attitude and a sense of self-realization are indispensable ingredients of a society that is thriving and not just growing.

In Damanhur the creation of sacred space is at the center of the community’s experience: the Federation is well known mostly thanks to its Temples of Humankind , an extraordinary underground building carved by hand out of the rock by Damanhurian citizens, but over the years other sacred spaces are created like the Sacred Woods  – covering an area of ​​approximately 350 hectares – and the still embryonic Temple of Concordance with its Parliament of Peoples , dedicated to the wisdom and traditions of the Indigenous peoples of the earth. They are not monuments of the past, but rather an answer for the future of the world. They are sacred mirrors that amplify the inner light of every human being and reflect it from the earth to the heavens.

THE TEMPLES OF HUMANKIND

Considered by many as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World — or the First Wonder of the New World—the complex of these underground Temples stretches for over 4,000 cubic meters, on five different levels, connected by hundreds of meters of corridors.

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THE TEMPLE OF CONCORDANCE

The present complex of the Temples of Humankind is only a portion of the development of sacred space envisaged for this area on top of Vidracco’s hill. A new project sees the Temples being extended into new spaces with the reclamation of an abandoned stone quarry, that is now defacing the woodland area adjacent to the Temples of Humankind.

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THE SACRED WOODS

All the traditions of the world — of every continent and epoch — speak of sentient trees, of gardens protecting precious Trees of Knowledge, of lives of humans, plants and gods inter-twined in a shared destiny. They speak of cosmic trees connecting humanity to the universe. They indicate a way for divine consciousness to descend into forms and for human beings to rise to the levels of the Gods.

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