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structure reserved for religious or spiritual activities
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Göbekli Tepe was founded about 11,500 years ago. It is arguably world's oldest temple.

A temple (from the Latin word templum) is a structure reserved for religious or spiritual rituals and activities such as prayer and sacrifice. It is typically used for such buildings belonging to all faiths where a more specific term such as church, mosque or synagogue is not generally used in English. These include Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism among religions with many modern followers, as well as other ancient religions such as Ancient Egyptian religion.


  • We thus become temples of God whenever earthly cares cease to interrupt the continuity of our memory of Him.
    • Basil of Caesarea, Letter to Gregory, Saint Basil: The Letters, R. Deferrari, trans. (1926), vol. 1, p. 19.
  • Holiness is the architectural plan upon which God buildeth up His living temple.

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