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What was inside the Athenian Parthenon?
The treasury of Athens. Although the Parthenon is architecturally a temple and is usually called so, it is not really one in the conventional sense of the word. It never hosted the cult of Athena Polias, patron of Athens. The Parthenon was actually used primarily as a treasury. For a time, it served as the treasury of the Delian League, which later became the Athenian Empire.
To whom was the Pantheon in Rome dedicated?
All the gods. It is widely accepted that Pantheon was dedicated to all the gods, as its name suggests (from the Ancient Greek Pan "all" + Theon "gods"). However, the concept of a temple dedicated to all the gods is highly unusual and thus questionable. Some sources suggest that the name "pantheon" was only a nickname for the building during the Roman times, and its original name and purpose was lost.
What is the Karni Maty Temple in India famous for?
From holy rats. Karni Mata Temple s also known as the Temple of Rats. The temple is famous for the approximately 25,000 black rats that live, and are revered, in the temple. In the temple, there are a few white rats, which are considered to be especially holy. They are believed to be the manifestations of Karni Mata herself. Sighting them is a special blessing and visitors put in extensive efforts to bring them forth, offering prasad, a sweet holy food.
Which country is that pagoda located in?
Vietnam. The Pagoda of the Celestial Lady is a historic temple in the city of Huế in Vietnam. Its iconic seven-story pagoda is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the city, and the temple has often been the subject of folk rhymes and ca dao about Huế.The pagoda sits on the Hà Khê hill, in the ward of Hương Long in Huế.
Where is the Bahá'í World Centre located?
In Israel. The Bahá'í World Centre is the name given to the spiritual and administrative centre of the Bahá'í Faith. It consists of the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh near Acre, Israel, the Shrine of the Báb and its gardens on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel, and various other buildings in the area including the Arc buildings. Many of the locations at the Bahá'í World Centre were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2008.
That's Rani-ki-Vav, one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites in India. What is that?
A well. Rani-ki-Vav (the Queen’s Stepwell) is situated in the town of Patan in Gujarat, India. Stepwells are a distinctive form of subterranean water resource and storage systems on the Indian subcontinent, and have been constructed since the third millennium BC. Rani-ki-Vav was built with an inverted temple, seven levels of stairs, and holds more than 500 principal sculptures.
A fire temple is the place of worship for what religion?
Zoroastrianism. In Zoroastrianism, water (apo, aban) and fire (atar, azar) are agents of ritual purity, and the associated purification ceremonies are considered the basis of ritual life. Both water and fire are considered life-sustaining, and are represented within the precinct of a fire temple.
What in ancient Rome was called a basilica?
Fair and court hall. The Roman basilica was a large public building where business or legal matters could be transacted. The first basilicas had no religious function at all. As early as the time of Augustus, a public basilica for transacting business had been part of any settlement that considered itself a city, used in the same way as the covered market houses of late medieval northern Europe.
What is the name of this temple in Beijing?
Temple of Heaven. The Temple of Heaven is an imperial complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. It has been regarded as a Taoist temple.