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Roman BathsRoman Baths
Bath, England, UK
60-70 CE

Dedicated to the Celtic-Roman goddess Sulis Minerva, these ancient Roman baths are still fed by a sacred hot spring. The site museum displays excavations and artifacts from the baths and temple.

ParthenonParthenon
Athens, Greece

The famous Temple of Athena Parthenos, built around 440 BCE, crowns the Acropolis in Athens. It was a major sacred site in Ancient Greece and is considered one of the finest examples of Greek architecture anywhere.

Altar of HeavenAltar of Heaven
Beijing, China

Completed in 1420, this magnificent temple was considered the meeting point of Earth and Heaven. For 500 years it hosted the emperors' sacrifices and prayers for a good harvest at the winter solstice.

Angkor WatAngkor Wat

Angkor Wat is the star of Angkor and indeed all of Cambodia. Believed to be the largest religious structure in the world, this Hindu temple was designed as a microcosm of the universe.

BorobudurBorobudur
Indonesia

This magnificent 8th-century Buddhist temple is located on the island of Java, Indonesia. Shaped like a giant mandala, it is covered in ancient reliefs depicting Buddhist stories.

Karnak TempleKarnak Temple
Luxor, Egypt

Dedicated primarily to Pharaoh Amun, Karnak Temple is a vast temple complex in Luxor begun around 1600 BCE. It is an impressive sight and second only to the Great Pyramids of Giza in popularity.

Luxor TempleLuxor Temple
Luxor, Egypt

Near Karnak Temple, and also dedicated to Amun, is the huge Luxor Temple dating from the 1300s BCE. It is full of monumental statues, tall walls and ancient carvings, and is beautifully lit at night.

PantheonPantheon
Rome, Italy

This magnificent ancient temple was built by Emperor Hadrian in 125 and converted into a church in 609. It is the oldest intact ancient building in Rome.

Tulum Archaeological SiteTulum Archaeological Site
Tulum, Mexico
c. 1200

Spectacularly situated on a cliff overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea, Tulum is a Late Mayan site that was active from around 1200 until the arrival of the Spanish.

Salt Lake TempleSalt Lake Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Founded by Brigham Young and completed in 1893, the Salt Lake Temple is the most important Mormon temple in the world.

Neasden TempleNeasden Temple

This huge Hindu temple was constructed of marble on the outskirts of London in 1995. Full of intricate carvings of Hindu deities created entirely in India, it also houses an exhibition on India and Hinduism.

Temple of Apollo EpicuriusTemple of Apollo Epicurius
Bassae, Greece

Dedicated to Apollo the Helper, this is one of the largest and best-preserved temples in Greece. It was completed in 400 BCE using an unusual combination of Doric, Ionic and Corinthian styles.