The Ain Dara temple has managed to add another piece to the puzzle of humanity.
Where is the temple located?
The temple is nestled in the west of the Syrian village of Ain Dara. It is in the northwest of Aleppo.
What is so significant about the temple?
Giant footprints found just outside the entrance of the shrine have incited mystery towards the place.
How did the excavation initiate?
The first attention to the place is attributed to the huge basalt lion which had been unearthed by chance in 1955. Undoubtedly, it interested the archaeologist and initiated the excavation process. The excavation process lasted from 1980 to 1985. In fact, back then the archeologists did think the discovery to bear some amazing resemblance to the Temple of Solomon (Bible). However, later it proved otherwise.
The Ain Dara temple
The platform of the temple was fenced on all sides by mountain Gods, mystical creatures, lions and sphinxes. The mystical creatures portrayed long claws, which were actually the reminiscence of feet. The structures were carved of large blocks of basalt.
In order to reach the portico of the temple, it was required to climb a colossal staircase. The gigantic staircases were belted on both the sided by 2 lions and a sphinx.
There was also the middle room, the main hall and the inner sanctum of the temple.
The most significant aspect of the shrine was the massive footprints.
The footprints measured almost 1 m in length at the entrance of the shrine. They are engraved into the rigid stone.
The floor of the portico has a pair of foot-mark. And, a second footprint is about 30 feet away from the former, at the main hall entrance.
The distance between the 2 footprints implied that for an individual to go from one to another, would mean a leap of 30 feet. However, if was a 65 feet tall giant, it would mean a simple step.
In accordance with the historian the markings do not indicate to the real giants walking the Earth. However, there is still a mystery which is left to be understood.
There is a possibility that those who made the shrine crafted these carvings. Yet again, the purpose of the same is still to be determined.
Apparently, the temple fabrication is believed to be at the start of the Iron Age. This dates back to 1300 and 1000 B.C. The Syro-Hittites extended this, and also became the ruling power in the Eastern Mediterranean region. The Neo-Assyrian Empire took over them, at the end of the 8th century B.C.
This data has again indicated towards more interpretations. Some believe them to be the cultural influence due to the ancient Mesopotamia. There is also the belief that the giant footprints could belong to the Gods.
Still a lot is left to be understood and unfurl!