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Religious

Monte d'Accoddi

Monte d'Accoddi
Chronological Year: 
-4000 BCE/CE

Possibly an open-air temple, ziggurat, or a step pyramid, mastaba. A trapezoidal platform on an artificial mound, reached by a sloped causeway. New radiocarbon dating (2011) allow us to date the building of the first monument to 4000–3650 BC, the second shrine dating to 3500–3000 BC.

Saint-Michel tumulus

Saint-Michel tumulus
Chronological Year: 
-4500 BCE/CE

The Saint Michel Tumulus is a megalithic grave mound, located east of Carnac in Brittany, France. The tumulus was built during the fifth millennium BC.

The Saint-Michel tumulus consists of a mound of earth and stones 125 meters long, 50 meters wide and 10 meters high. Explored in 1862, researchers found there a central vault containing a fairly prestigious funerary furniture : axes, pearls, flint tools and sillimanite.

Tumulus of Bougon

Tumulus of Bougon in France
Chronological Year: 
-4800 BCE/CE

The Tumulus of Bougon or Necropolis of Bougon is a group of five Neolithic barrows located in Bougon near La-Mothe-Saint-Héray, between Exoudon and Pamproux in Poitou-Charentes, France. Their discovery in 1840 raised great scientific interest.

 

Barnenez

Cairn of Barnenez
Chronological Year: 
-4850 BCE/CE

The Cairn of Barnenez is a Neolithic monument located near Plouezoc'h, in northern Finistère, France. It dates to the early Neolithic Period, about 4800 BC; it is considered one of the earliest megalithic monuments in Europe, as well as one of the oldest man-made structures in the world.

 

Potala Palace

View of the Potala Palace.
Chronological Year: 
1645 BCE/CE

The Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, is the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India during the 1959 Chinese invasion of Tibet. It is now a museum and World Heritage Site.

Hagar Qim

Ħaġar Qim or Standing Worshipping Stones is a megalithic temple complex found on the Mediterranean island of Malta
Chronological Year: 
-3600 BCE/CE

Ħaġar Qim or "Standing/Worshipping Stones") is a megalithic temple complex found on the Mediterranean island of Malta, dating from the Ġgantija phase (3600-3200 BC). The Megalithic Temples of Malta are among the most ancient religious sites on Earth, described by the World Heritage Sites committee as "unique architectural masterpieces." In 1992 UNESCO recognized Ħaġar Qim and four other Maltese megalithic structures as World Heritage Sites. Vere Gordon Childe, Professor of Prehistoric European Archeology and director of the Institute of Archaeology in the University of Lond

Taj Mahal

View of the Taj Mahal, India.
Chronological Year: 
1632 BCE/CE

The Taj Mahal or the "crown of palaces", is a mausoleum. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (reigned 1628–1658) to house the tomb of his favorite wife of three, Mumtaz Mahal.

Parthenon

View of the Parthenon in Greece.
Chronological Year: 
-447 BCE/CE

The Parthenon was a temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the goddess Athena. Construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the peak of its power. It was completed in 438 BC although decoration of the building continued until 432 BC. It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece, generally considered the zenith of the Doric order. Its decorative sculptures are considered some of the high points of Greek art.

Stonehenge

View of Stonehenge, the ancient monument found in England.
Chronological Year: 
-3000 BCE/CE

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located near Salisbury, England. Stonehenge is unargubly one of the most famous sites in the world.

Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing stones set within earthworks. It is in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Agemonuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.