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  • c. 12000 BCE
    Construction of Gobekli Tepe Temple, oldest temple in the world.
  • c. 4500 BCE
    The Sumerians built their first temple.
  • c. 3500 BCE
    Ness of Brodgar in use as religious site in Orkney, Scotland.
  • 950 BCE
    Solomon builds the first Temple of Jerusalem.
  • c. 800 BCE
    The site of Delphi first acquires a religious significance.
  • c. 700 BCE
    The temple of Apollo is built on the island of Delos.
  • c. 700 BCE
    Sanctuary of Poseidon built at Isthmia.
  • 650 BCE - 600 BCE
    Heraion, temple dedicated to Hera built at Olympia.
  • c. 650 BCE
    The first temple in honour of Apollo is built at Delphi.
  • 570 BCE - 530 BCE
    The Doric Temple of Hera is built at Metapontum, Magna Graecia.
  • c. 550 BCE
    The temple of Apollo is constructed at Corinth.
  • c. 550 BCE
    The Temple of Hera I is built at Paestum.
  • c. 510 BCE
    The Etruscan Portonaccio Temple is constructed at Veii.
  • c. 510 BCE
    The Temple of Athena is built at Paestum.
  • c. 510 BCE
    The temple of Hercules is built at Agrigento.
  • c. 510 BCE
    The second temple to Apollo is constructed at Delphi, replacing the first temple destroyed by fire.
  • 484 BCE
    The first temple of the Dioscuri (Castor & Pollux) is dedicated in Rome's Forum Romanum by Aulus Postumius following his victory over the Latins at the Battle of Lake Regillus.
  • c. 480 BCE
    The huge temple of Zeus is built at Agrigento.
  • 478 BCE
    Temple of Confucius built at Qufu, China.
  • c. 460 BCE - 457 BCE
    Temple of Zeus is built at Olympia with a statue of Apollo dominating the west pediment and containing the cult statue of Zeus by Phidias.
  • c. 460 BCE
    The temple of Hera II is built at Paestum.
  • 450 BCE - 430 BCE
    The Temple of Concordia is built at Agrigento.
  • 449 BCE
    The Hephaisteion, temple to Athena & Hephaistos, built in Athens.
  • 447 BCE - 432 BCE
    The construction of the Parthenon in Athens by the architects Iktinos and Kallikrates under the direction of Phidias.
  • c. 444 BCE - 440 BCE
    Temple of Poseidon at Sounion re-built.
  • c. 430 BCE
    The cult statue of Zeus by Phidias is dedicated in the Temple of Zeus, Olympia. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
  • c. 425 BCE - c. 420 BCE
    The Temple dedicated to Athena Nike is constructed on the acropolis of Athens.
  • 421 BCE - 406 BCE
    The Erechtheion of Athens acropolis is constructed with six Caryatids in the south porch.
  • c. 420 BCE - c. 400 BCE
    The Temple of Apollo is built at Bassae.
  • c. 417 BCE
    The Doric temple of Segesta is built.
  • c. 380 BCE - c. 375 BCE
    Temple to Asclepius constructed at Epidaurus.
  • 342 BCE
    Fire destroys the 6th century BCE temple to Athena at Lindos, Rhodes and is replaced by a new one.
  • c. 330 BCE
    Temple of Zeus built at Nemea.
  • c. 330 BCE
    The third temple to Apollo is constructed at Delphi, replacing the earlier temple damaged by earthquake.
  • c. 320 BCE
    Temple dedicated to Aphrodite constructed at Epidaurus.
  • c. 301 BCE - c. 320 BCE
    Doric temple to Athena and fortifications of Lysimachus built at Troy.
  • 225 BCE - 150 BCE
    The Temple of Hercules is built at Ostia.
  • c. 1 CE - c. 100 CE
    Construction of the temple of Jupiter Baal by the Romans at Baalbek.
  • c. 14 CE
    The Temple of Rome and Augustus is built at Ostia.
  • 650 CE - 1025 CE
    The Buddhist temple at Borobudur, Java is built during the rule of the Sailendra Dynasty.
  • c. 1010 CE - c. 1025 CE
    The Brihadishvara Temple is built at Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • c. 1025 CE - 1000 CE
    The Kandariya Mahadeo temple, dedicated to Shiva, is built at Khajuraho.
  • 1122 CE
    Construction begins of the Hindu temple at Angkor Wat.