Temples has existed for thousands of years. They are the proof of cultures and civilization that existed many years ago. With their stunning architecture and structure, they fascinate visitors from around the world. In this list, we will bring you the top 10 oldest temples.
Below is the list of top 10 oldest temples from around the world.
10. Palace of Knossos
Built southeast of Heraklion, Knossos was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning sometime in the seventh millennium BC and abandoned after its destruction in 1375 BC. The great palace was constructed between 1700 and 1400 BC and the first palace was built around 1900 BC. The function of the site is not exactly known, though it is argued whether it was used as an administrative center a religious center, or both.
According to Greek mythology, the palace was designed by architect Dedalos under King Minos’s orders, who then kept the famous architect prisoner to ensure he would not reveal the palace plan to anyone. The palace was associated with the mythological Labyrinth, which was the dwelling of the Minotaur. It is also associated with the legend of Theseus killing the Minotaur.
The palace was abandoned roughly around the end of the Bronze Age, 1380-1100 BC due to one of many disasters that took place, including earthquakes and a fire. It also one of the oldest buildings in the world.