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Location address: Italy, Damanhur
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By 1992, Damanhurians had been secretly excavating an extraordinary structure for over 14 years. In June of that year, the secret would be discovered and the whole world would know that a group of practical dreamers in Italy had built the Temples of Humankind, an underground work of art dedicated to the spirituality in every human being. Today, the halls of the Temples in Damanhur are visited every year by thousands of people, and exemplify what can be created when a group of people motivated by their own ideals work together.
The Temples of Humankind are a collection of subterranean temples buried 30 metres (100 ft) underground built by the Federation of Damanhur. They are decorated in several motifs stressing peaceful human collaboration. The Temples are located in the foothills of the Alps in northern Italy, 50 kilometres (30 mi) from Turin, in the valley of Valchiusella. The temples were created under the direction of Oberto Airaudi who, having claimed visions of ancient temples at age 10 from a previous life, began excavation and building in August 1978. By 1991 most of the chambers were reportedly complete when Italian police, acting on a tip from villagers, conducted a raid on the Temples. Eventually the Italian government reportedly gave them retroactive excavation and erection privileges and the Temples are now open to visitors.
Hidden in the foothills of the Alps is a massive system of psychedelic underground temples