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Old 22.11.2008, 22:03
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The 8th Wonder of the World - Damanhur

Last summer I had the pleasure to visit one of the most amazing temples in the world in Damanhur - a small federation just North of Torino, Italy.

Since this place is still a mystery to most of the world, I thought I would share my experiences with you.

I've read quite a bit about Damanhur before my visit and I wasn't really sure what to expect. Was it a cult, a commune or some other weird place? Would I get kidnapped, brainwashed and my soul sold to the Devil?

The citizens of Damanhur are totally self-sufficient and even have their own currency. Also, they claim to hold the ancient wisdom of Atlantis and they use their powers for healing as well as for time travel. They have a University where they have some really interesting courses - if you're into this stuff.

Now, for the temples. They spent about 20 years building this amazing structure inside the mountain. During our visit, we were driven to the top of a mountain, to a small house. Through the house we entered an elevator, that took us all the way down the inside of the mountain. From there we began to explore one amazing hall, after another. Each dedicated to different elements and cultural things. It was like a scene out of an Indiana Jones movie, with hidden passageway and bridges. Much of the temple was built by hand and in secret until the Italian government found out and shut the operation down, only to allow them to continue but with the condition that this place would be open to the public.

Now I have seen many churches and temples all over the world but this has got to be the most incredible thing I've ever seen. If you guys are looking to get away for a few days, it's certainly worth a visit. The kids will also love it! There is also great skiing in the area.

Here's a link to the temples http://www.thetemples.org/ But if you have the time, you really need to see this incredible structure for yourself.

And here's the home page of Damanhur: http://www.damanhur.org/ They are looking for 100 new citizens so if any of you are up for it.
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Old 22.11.2008, 22:58
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Re: The 8th Wonder of the World - Damanhur

This sounds entertaining, as long as visitors do not have to become "adherents" and surrender all their material belongings to the Supreme Guru.
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Old 22.11.2008, 23:05
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Re: The 8th Wonder of the World - Damanhur

It certainly looks a fascinating place. It is difficult to comprehend how the idea was originally thought up, and how they were motivated to construct it. But, I suppose the same could be said for the pyramids, stonehenge and the like.


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Not this one, I hope!

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Old 22.11.2008, 23:26
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It certainly looks a fascinating place. It is difficult to comprehend how the idea was originally thought up, and how they were motivated to construct it. But, I suppose the same could be said for the pyramids, stonehenge and the like.



Not this one, I hope!
Their story is actually quite amazing. Their leader had the vision for the temple when he was only 12 years old. Many years later, he got the message to start constructing the temple in the middle of a dream or a shooting star or something like that and they started right away with hammers and buckets, doing everything by hand.

The temple holds some of the most incredible art and mosaics I've ever seen. They also have these huge crystal balls floating in water, which is what they use to communicate with other beings.
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Much of the temple was built by hand and in secret until the Italian government found out and shut the operation down,
Why was that? Was it too pagan for their taste?
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Why was that? Was it too pagan for their taste?
No, it was because they wanted to keep it a secret. Here are some really good pictures: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...eccentric.html

You'll also see the little house though which you access the temples.

And the amazing thing is that it's only 10% complete!

The people there all live in a 20 km radius but they all have their own houses for their own families. Many work outside Damanhur but they all contribute to the common good. Marriages are for only three years, after which you have to renew the contract if you so desire. I thought that was kind of cool.
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Old 23.11.2008, 00:14
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Re: The 8th Wonder of the World - Damanhur

I think this is amazing, from the article above:

In 1977, he (the leader) selected a remote hillside where he felt the hard rock would sustain the structures he had in mind.
A house was built on the hillside and Falco moved in with several friends who shared his vision. Using hammers and picks, they began their dig to create the temples of Damanhur - named after the ancient subterranean Egyptian temple meaning City of Light - in August 1978.
As no planning permission had been granted, they decided to share their scheme only with like-minded people.
Volunteers, who flocked from around the world, worked in four-hour shifts for the next 16 years with no formal plans other than Falco's sketches and visions, funding their scheme by setting up small businesses to serve the local community.
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Marriages are for only three years, after which you have to renew the contract if you so desire. I thought that was kind of cool.
Now that's awesome. A honeymoon every three years! I wonder if anyone ever picks up a second, or third term?

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Re: The 8th Wonder of the World - Damanhur

Very clever, the 3 year marriage periods ... the best I've heard in a long time in regards to relationships !!!


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Old 23.11.2008, 11:40
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Now that's awesome. A honeymoon every three years! I wonder if anyone ever picks up a second, or third term?

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From what I've heard InShan they do.

I also think this is a great idea Sada because think of how much harder people have to work at their marriages. Most of us tend to take it for granted when it's "forever".
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Old 23.11.2008, 11:44
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Re: The 8th Wonder of the World - Damanhur

Sounds like an amazing place, Lynn. Thanks for pointing it out- on my list of places to see while in Europe.
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Yep, but then each religious community has their own mindset in regards to marriage.


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From what I've heard InShan they do.

I also think this is a great idea Sada because think of how much harder people have to work at their marriages. Most of us tend to take it for granted when it's "forever".
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And here's the home page of Damanhur: http://www.damanhur.org/ They are looking for 100 new citizens so if any of you are up for it.
What's wrong with this link??? Moroccan hackers?
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What's wrong with this link??? Moroccan hackers?
That is strange. It was working last night. It's better if you type it in your browser.
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Yep, but then each religious community has their own mindset in regards to marriage.
They actually consider themselves spiritual beings, rather than religious. They respect all different religions, which are represented in their incredible artwork.

But you're right, each such community will have their own interpretation of marriage.
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Old 23.11.2008, 12:43
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Marriages are for only three years, after which you have to renew the contract if you so desire. I thought that was kind of cool.
Just think of the expense of a marriage every three years if you have a daughter
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But you're right, each such community will have their own interpretation of marriage.
You can call it a marriage or a spiritual union if you want but can't anybody, anywhere, shack up for a few years? People do this the world over and if it's not legally recognised then either party is free to walk away anytime. What am I missing here?
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Just think of the expense of a marriage every three years if you have a daughter
I keep this a secret from her
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Re: The 8th Wonder of the World - Damanhur

Today, I went to a recording of 'The Museum of Curiosity' for BBC Radio 4. One of the guests was David Bramwell, author of 'Number 9 Bus To Utopia'. This is a look at various communities around the world, including Damanhur. It was his favourite by a long way.

http://www.drbramwell.com/solo-shows/utopia/

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From the fantastical time-travel cathedral in the Italian mountains, Damanhur, to Copenhagen’s hippy (ex-)drug haven Christiania, via the hot-tubs of California’s Synanon and a dominatrix-led castle in the Czech Republic – David Bramwell’s tireless search for Utopia sounds like a Boy’s Own adventure. That he manages to convey his travel tales, thoughts and experiences and keep his audience engaged and entertained is quite a feat. He carries it off with natural charm, fluency and wit.
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Re: The 8th Wonder of the World - Damanhur

Thanks for this thread and making me aware of this place.


Went for a 3 day visit last week and it was truly amazing and well worth a visit.
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