I think this is a magical story, let’s see what you think.
It all starts in beautiful Northern Italy. Thirty miles from Turin in the Valley of Valchiusella a vision has become reality and we are so lucky that we can share it.
Hidden one hundred feet down in the mountain is one of the largest temple complexes in the world. It consists of nine ornate temples on an unbelievable five levels. The scale of opulence is truly breathtaking.
The temples tell the history of humanity and are constructed similar to a three dimensional book. They are linked together by hundreds of meters of fabulously decorated tunnels and cover an incredible 300,000 cubic feet.
The Temples of Damanhur( it means ‘City of Light’) are named after the ancient subterranean Egyptian Temples and are the dream of an extremely successful insurance broker called Oberto Airaudi. When Oberto was only 10 years old, he claims he was having visions of a past highly evolved community who lived in these temples. They lived an idyllic existence where everyone worked for the common good.
Oberto is thought to have the supernatural ability to travel in his minds eye to be able to describe in detail the contents of the temples. This is known as ‘Remote Viewing’. When he was still a youngster, he was excavating under his parents home so that he could start to understand excavation.
When he was 57 years old, he was ready to make his visions become real. He changed his name to ‘Falco’ and began his project. First, he had to find the perfect site to start his Temple project. In 1977, he found his mountain! Of course, the most important thing was that the rock was hard enough to sustain the structures he wanted to create. The first thing he did was to build himself a house on the hillside and then moved in with several of his friends who shared his vision.
In 1978, Falco and his friends started using picks and hammers to bring the Temples of Damanhur to life. Obviously no planning permission had been granted so the work was kept secret by the like-minded group. For the next 16 years, volunteers from all around the world flocked to work four hour shift underground. There were no formal plans, just sketches created by Falco from his visions.
The whole project was funded by setting up small businesses that served the local community.
By 1991, many of the nine chambers were almost finished with their beautiful mosaics, statues and stained glass windows. Stunning murals completed the vision along with secret doors into the chambers. But time was running out as it was becoming impossible to keep the project a secret any longer.
The first time the police visited, they said they were there because of alleged tax evasion and they did not see the temples. A year later, they were back as a police raid. They demanded to see the Temples or they would dynamite the hillside.
Falco and his friends took three policemen and a public prosecutor into his mountain to show them the first Temple named ‘Hall of the Earth.’ It’s a circular chamber with a diameter of an unbelievable 8 meters. A central sculpted column depicts a three dimensional man and woman that supports the ceiling made of intricately painted glass. A further column climbs to an 8 meter height covered with gold leaf.
To say the jaws of the four men dropped would be an understatement, it must have been truly mind blowing realizing what had been going on under the mountain for so many years.
They left to make their reports and then the government made their decision known to Falco. The Temples were to be seized by the government, Falco and his friends could continue their artwork but all further building work had to stop as there was no planning permission.
Eventually, retrospective planning permission was granted and today, the Damanhurians, as they are now known, are a force to be reckoned with. They have their own schools. universities, vineyards, organic supermarkets, farms, bakeries and even award winning ECO homes. Truly inspired people!
They do not worship a spiritual leader but the Damanhur Temples have become famous for group meditation.
I finish this amazing story of one man and his vision with a few of his own words.
“They are to remind people that we are all capable of much more than we realize and that hidden treasures can be found within everyone of us, once we know how to access them.”
We can only thank Falco for believing in his own words.
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