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Author Topic: 21st Century Temple  (Read 8828 times)
Aetius
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« Topic Start: October 13, 2007, 09:24:10 pm »

I sometimes wonder what a modern Hellenic temple would look like, if situated in a northern climate. Romantics might imagine something that looks like the Parthenon, but I am wary of anything with high long-term operating costs. Years of experience in a struggling mainline Christian church in a small town, have given me an appreciation of the realities of maintaining a small religious institution with a limited annual budget.

The mental picture I have, has a shrine housing the holy images at the western end of the structure on the ground floor. The doors would be very ornately decorated, and the architecture would draw the worshippers' eyes toward them somehow.

The largest room on the ground floor would be the congregational worship area, which would stretch from the doors of the shrine to the purification area at the eastern end of the building. The congregational worship area would have a wall of windows on the south side, to capture the precious Winter sun and reduce heating costs. The roof would extend outward on the south side, to shade the window wall from the high Summer sun and reducing cooling costs.

A sacred hearth would be located on the north wall of the congregational worship area, which would have no heat-bleeding north side windows. An altar would be located somewhere near the center of this room.

An office for the temple keeper would also be on the north side, to take advantage of natural lighting and allow a responsible person to oversee worshippers (or the curious) who enter the congregational worship area.

The purification area would occupy the eastern end of the structure, near the entrance. I envision two sinks, and at least one vat of lustral water.
 
Stairs leading to the basement level could be near the entrance, along the north wall. The east wall could have a large sunrise-facing window and a small shrine to Eos, or a large stained glass work depicting an image of the temple's deity.

Downstairs, I would put a kitchen and a congregational eating area (great for fundraising suppers like the Christians have). A small shrine to the Underworld deities might also be put downstairs, away from the eating area. Bathrooms and storage closets would also be downstairs.

Does anyone have any more ideas or criticisms? It would be cool to refine this concept, even if it only gets built in my dreams.
« Last Edit: October 13, 2007, 09:26:57 pm by Aetius, Reason: substitute \'casual visitors\' with \'worshippers\' » Logged

Too bad the Gods can't save me from my own stupidity.

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