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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.
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.
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.
A sacred place where Indigenous leaders will be able to meet with each other – and with leaders of thought. A Parliament to reinforce faith in the ethical nature of human beings and from which to build a path towards a future of peace.
Imagine a world in which humans have learnt that everything that lives, humans, animals and plants have emotions and feelings and participate in life fully as we do. Imagine gardens and forests in which trees and flowers interact with human beings by means of sounds and music. All this may soon not sound like sci-fi anymore, but become part of the normal experience of every child of planet Earth.
One of Damanhur’s purposes is to establishing a Learning Center to collect and disseminates ancient knowledge on how to create, sustain and develop a community and a People.
Connected to the Parliament there will therefore be a library dedicated to sacred and spiritual texts of Indigenous peoples, as well as to research on their traditions. A part of this knowledge will be collected by Damanhurian researchers themselves, in partnership with different experts and institutions. This is to make sure that the information can then be transmitted in a way that is as close as possible to the oral tradition through whichever they’re normally transmitted.
The Labyrinth is composed of five long naves with Gothic arches, connected by perpendicular corridors.
The art works in the two naves further to the left from the entrance have been recently completed: they are splendidly painted and enriched with sculptures and mosaics. The walls of the three older naves, on the contrary, are undergoing a first phase of restorations.
After the first excavations began in the summer of 1978, the Temples of Humankind remained a secret for sixteen years. Only the Damanhurian artists, craftspeople and masons directly involved in the construction knew about it. Even though the Temples were on Damanhurian property, they were unauthorized because in the Piedmont region of Italy, there were neither laws that regulated underground construction nor authorities for the asking of permission.
The “Tree Orienting” Project Launched in 2011, in California and Japan, this project has spread all over the world. At the core of this initiative is a specific technique devised in Damanhur, and people from all over the world are invited to participate, adding their unique artistic, cultural, and spiritual approaches. Damanhur began this effort… Donate