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Post  CWD202 on Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:20 pm

I just read the thread about temple construction and a question popped into my head, are there any modern-day temples dedicated to the Gods that are in use? I know that it is unlikely, but at the same time it is possible. I'm doing some research and if anyone knew of any that have been constructed, it would be greatly appreciated if you could share any information that you had. Thanks!  Smile
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Post  Erodius on Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:32 pm

CWD202 wrote:I just read the thread about temple construction and a question popped into my head, are there any modern-day temples dedicated to the Gods that are in use? I know that it is unlikely, but at the same time it is possible. I'm doing some research and if anyone knew of any that have been constructed, it would be greatly appreciated if you could share any information that you had. Thanks!  Smile

There is, I believe, a quasi-functioning temple outside of Thessalonica, and there are a small handful of essentially private/sodality-specific shrines elsewhere in Greece – none genuinely public, for a variety of reasons. 

However, there is really no fundamental difference between a municipal temple and a proper domestic shrine other than size and access. Private temples existed in Antiquity, and, given that it is rightly constructed and properly maintained, a domestic shrine is quite literally a temple in miniature.

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Re: Functioning Modern Temples

Post  DavidMcCann on Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:02 pm

Here we are!
http://prometheia.wordpress.com/2009/01/09/naos/
It's not the Parthenon, but at least it's a start.

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