Temples of Damanhur in Northern Italy

A Secret Wonder in Italy

Hall of Mirrors - Damanhur

The quiet Valchiusella valley, close to Torino in Northern Italy hides a secret below ground. Unknown to most visitors and for a time even the Italian Government this valley is home to a bewildering temple complex known as the Temples of Damanhur. The vast underground temples were begun thirty years ago by a man who now goes by the name of Falco, following his lifelong vision. From a handful of followers digging under a house, the temples and the movement known as Damanhur have grown considerably.


Temples of Damanhur: Origins

Damanhur started with the visions of a young boy named Oberto Airaudi who described magnificent temples and a utopian society as part of a past life. So strong was his conviction that Oberto never forgot and set out to recreate his vision in adulthood. Oberto became friends with others who shared his dream of humanity and began the process of digging under a house he bought, starting the now famous temples.

They chose the site because of the unique and powerful cosmic energy points located in the Valchiusella valley. Today like many other members of Damanhur, Oberto uses an animal name and so calls himself Falco or Falcon. Unlike many other spiritual movements that depend upon the charisma of its leader, Damanhur does not have a true leader. Falco does not involve himself in decision-making; he is considered more a visionary or spiritual adviser by the community.


Federation of Damanhur - Surface

Temples of Damanhur: The Federation of Damanhur

The Socially, politically, spiritually, economically and ecologically active followers of Damanhur are known as The Federation. Today they have worldwide offices and number over one thousand individuals living in what they call an Eco-Society. The Federation lives in small, but active groups known as Nucleo Communities and are focused upon the principles of ecological sustainability, ethics, kindness, social responsibility and spiritual awareness. Living Green is a major component of the Damanhur ethos and followers are involved with eco-conscious activities like solar farms and creating a seed bank. The Damanhur community is striving for complete self-sufficiency.


Temples of Damanhur: The Underground Temples

The Temples of Damanhur are dedicated to individual aspects humankind and each temple acts as a focus point for specific meditation. These nine underground temples are otherworldly, filled with brightly painted murals, stained glass, sculpture, Egyptian motifs and strange symbols. The Temples of Damanhur were so secret that the Italian Government did not realize they existed until they were nearly complete, and were awestruck once they were discovered. Since the builders had no permits for such an undertaking, the government could have decided to demolish the entire complex. However, what the authorities found underground nearly defied description.

The Blue Temple, vibrantly painted in Damanhurian murals was the first Temple of Damanhur. Today the temple is used as a conduit for meditations on social matters. The entire floor of the temple, including the trap doorway is covered in a mosaic depicting The Star from the Tarot deck. Federation elders, known as Guides can sit in a throne while focusing upon the large and tranquil blue sphere embedded into the wall.

The Hall of Water is a chalice-shaped temple dedicated to femininity and water. One chamber is awash in blue from the large blue stained glass cupola, intended to give the visitor the feel of being underwater. The walls are covered in mysterious designs and slender columns reach up to the ceiling. The Hall of Water also acts as a Damanhurian library containing ancient spiritual texts.

The Hall of the Earth represents masculinity, the planet earth and the Damanhurian concept of reincarnation. The layout is reminiscent of an oracle site from classical antiquity, but is covered in brightly painted murals depicting the Damanhurian story of Humankind. The Temple's brilliant stained glass, including four glass doors represent humanity and its relationship with the Sun and Moon.

The Hall of Metals is dedicated to the history of humankind since the Damanhurians believe that the different metals symbolize human history. Murals and stained glass represent the ages of human history, separated into good and evil accomplishments. The Hall of Metals combines science, mythology, history and metaphysics to help explain the Damanhurian philosophy of history.

The Labyrinth is more a multi-chambered hall than a true maze, but it is just as whimsical. The Labyrinth is dedicated to Humanity and its diverse forms of spiritual worship are displayed in a series of Tiffany-inspired stained glass windows. These windows further emphasize the Federation's belief in celebrating both the diversity and the similarities of human culture.

The Hall of Spheres is used to house nine crystal spheres. The hall is covered in mosaics and expensive but insulating gold leaf. The Hall of Spheres is used by the Federation Guides as a means to communicate ideas and visions by way of meditation across the globe.

The Hall of Mirrors is an enormous underground space topped with a Tiffany glass cupola, which according to the Damanhur website, is the largest in the world. The Hall of Mirrors is dedicated to "the sky, the air and the light." and has small recessed altars dedicated to the Four Elements.

What might be most amazing of all is that the temple complex is estimated to be only about ten percent finished. Future plans call for an enormous cathedral, a theater and a library of sacred texts among other wonders. Besides expanding, the existing Temples of Damanhur also undergo occasional changes since these temples are active conduits to the human spirit, which is constantly developing and learning. What was once a secret is now open to all, whether seeking spiritual enlightenment or just to satisfy curiosity.

By Justin Demetri

For More Information:

Damanhur Website: http://www.damanhur.info 

Damanhur Temples Website: http://www.thetemples.org/ 


Monday, April 01TH, 2013 by Guest

What's the limit of tolerance, in order
to justify the freedom of thought?

I would like to bring to your attention
a fact that should be discussed, or as the news, too often partial,
personal, characterized by fleeting knowledge of a few people are
able to wrap the Damanhur community in a halo ethical and spiritual
undeserved. The community Damanhur is not ethical and spiritual, but
a reality magical and esoteric. I say this because many reports do
not take into account the real nature of things. This attitude
inevitably leads to misunderstandings also very annoying and
offensive to the intellectual honesty and moral freedom of others.
And 'I want to inform you that the peculiarities of the community
Damanhur are not compatible with Catholicism and any other confession
that divorce his magic and divination. The silence prevents insiders
to alert people to the indiscriminate use of magic, sorcery,
divination and abjuration of the sacraments Catholics and
non-Catholics to worship a pagan god, alien. Have sworn unconditional
obedience to the teacher, the school of magic, their rules and you
for the community, which is at the outside of any social and
religious laws and regulations. At the time, Monsignor Luigi Bettazzi
expressed the anathema against those who were part of it, saying the
exit from Catholicism to the members of the community. My goal is not
negative criticism but consistency in information, in defense of the
freedom of thought ostentatious heralded as an ensign in the
community. I find it proper to add news events that have affected the
judicial spiritual master and the community. I refer to the sentence
for tax evasion, the causes of work and to record that showed the
closure of their health center for administrative irregularities.
Certainly you can not add media inquiries RAI3 off the report and the
book OCCULT ITALY. I understand that everyone can and should express
their views on your point of view, but always Whilst on the topic of
objectivity. The community THE FORTETO collapsed under judicial
inquiry, such as community Arkeon did the same end, both interest and
legal in some way by priests and / or professionals, who naively put
to them the spirit of charity, service and love. So like them, other
people in good faith trust what they purport, without considering
that they are only expressions of the facade. I find it essential
honesty in comparison, communication or relationship with the people
with whom you establish a dialogue, you want to work, either for fun,
want to share a passion. Hide aspects as determinants in an open,
honest, offers only bad faith, a condition of unbalanced
confrontation in which the interested party plays only a fictional
role to promote your community or philosophy, using the personal
affability or education or availability. I am outraged and saddened
by the ease with which certain places are advertised, minimize
situations when even solutorie hailed as the world's ills. If you
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Franco Da Prato