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A temple (from the Latin word templum) is a structure reserved for religious or spiritual activities, such as prayer and sacrifice, or analogous rites. A templum constituted a sacred precinct as defined by a priest, or augur. It has the same root as the word "template," a plan in preparation of the building that was marked out on the ground by the augur. Templa also became associated with the dwelling places of a god or gods. The word "temple" dates to about the 6th century BCE. Despite the specific set of meanings associated with the religion of the ancient Rome, the word has now become quite widely used to describe a house of worship for any number of religions and is even used for time periods prior to the Romans. For the ancient Egyptians, the word pr could refer not only to a house, but also to a sacred structure since it was believed that the gods resided in houses.

Kamakura, Japan: photo by mi-*, via Flickr

Le Corbusier, Eglise Saint-Pierre, Firminy, France, 2007 photographer::Hélène Binet

Marcel Breuer, St John's Abbey Church, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1958-61 by rpa2101, via Flickr

Marcel Breuer - Interior of St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville MN 1961

St. John's Abbey Church by Marcel Breuer in Collegeville, Minnesota

Marcel Breuer, St John's Abbey Church, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1958-61 by rpa2101, via Flickr

St. John's Abbey Church, by Marcel Breuer.

The Oldest Zen Temple in Japan... Kenjinji-temple

Pieter Jansz, Saenredam: Interior of the Church of St Odulphus at Assendelft (1649)

Ta Prohm Temple @ Cambodia

Ta Prohm Temple @ Cambodia

Pieter Jansz Saenredam, Interior of the Church of St Bavo in Haarlem, 1648, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK, Oil on panel, 200 x 140 cm

Chiesa del Gesu, Rome, Italy.

La chiesa del Gesù o chiesa di Santa Maria di Gesù nota anche come Casa Professa, è una delle più importanti chiese barocche di Palermo e dell’intera Sicilia.

'Interior of a Church', oil on canvas painting by Emanuel de Witte, c. 1680, Cleveland Museum of Art

Daniel de Blieck, An Imaginary Dutch Church Interior, 1655,Oil on panel, 86.5 x 121.2 cm / Collection: Ferens Art Gallery