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What murals and decor might have been present in the earliest Sumerian temples?

As a quick note on chronology, "5000+ years ago" would put your setting in the Jemdet Nasr period or earlier (Uruk III–V; yes, archeological periods are numbered backwards). This is around ...
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When during their construction did Bible-era Jewish temples become "holy"?

The point at which The Temple became holy would be from its dedication forward. The Temple was rebuilt a few times. Below is the dedication for the first temple. 1 Kings chapter 8 gives a description ...
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Is there evidence of a pagan temple on the site of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem that predated the Jewish Temple?

No real evidence, but the area was populated by Pagans prior to 957 BC when David's son Solomon built the first temple. According to the Smithsonian Magazine in What Is Beneath the Temple Mount?; ...
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What actually happened in Greek and Roman temples of healing?

Vivian Nutton provides a detailed account for the workings for a Greek/Roman temple like the Asclepeion in his book Ancient Medicine pp. 109-110. At the shrine suppliants would purify themselves at ...
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How and when was the Temple of Trajan destroyed?

The Temple of Trajan has not actually been excavated, hence the ambiguity surrounding its fate. However, it is thought to have been at where the 16th century Santa Maria di Loreto is presently located....
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When during their construction did Bible-era Jewish temples become "holy"?

Actually, in Jewish law, non-high priests are allowed in the Holy of Holies not only during the original construction, but when renovations or repairs are needed. Maimonides, in his code of Jewish law ...
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Why is a temple to Hathor in India?

Pulling together what's been said in the comments, the answer to the headline question is that there is no such temple. The "reliable article" linked in the question is a Facebook post where ...
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How, just how you can burn down a stone structure?

A purely stone structure indeed cannot be consumed by fire (except by a nuclear explosion or a volcano). However, there are precious few purely stone structures, especially ancient ones. An arch is a ...
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Why so many early temples on Malta?

Here are some reasons that might have contributed: Malta is basically a limestone archipelago, with an abundance of Globigerina limestone that is particularly easy to process and use in ...
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Is there any documentation of the use of scientific knowledge or technology in pagan temples?

Ancent Greeks and Romans sometimes created various automations for use in temples. Here are quotes from the first source I found googling "Hellenistic automations". Religion was a very ...
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Are there any secular accounts of the Sadduccees?

I'm not sure what you mean by "secular" - as opposed to the New Testament gospels? There is an abundance of material in the writings of Josephus: specifically in Jewish War and Antiquities of the Jews,...
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Does Tanjore Brihadeeswarar Temple contain more stones than Giza pyramid?

The statement that the Tanjore Brihadeeswarar Temple or Periya Kovil has more stones than the Giza pyramid is highly doubtful. Here is why: First let us set out some assumptions so as to help us ...
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Where was the Temple of Onias located?

The Talmud says that Onias fled "to Alexandria in Egypt", and "there he built an altar": הלך לאלכסנדריא של מצרים ובנה שם מזבח We may take שם "there" as reference to &...
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Is the Western Wall the only remaining portion of the Second Temple?

It's probably more correct to call it part of the Temple complex rather than of the Temple per se, but that's really a matter of definition. The Temple Mount, of which the Western Wall is one of the ...
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Are there any palaces, temples or monuments built by the Seleucids surviving through to the present day?

The Seleucids ruled over several very different peoples with different cultures, so strictly speaking there is no such thing as "Art and Architecture of the Seleucid empire". There is Hellenistic art ...
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Is the Western Wall the only remaining portion of the Second Temple?

Religious tradition indicates that the Western Wall is a relic of the Temple [Midrash Song of Songs, 2-9], although it is not clear in the text whether the Western Wall is actually part of the Temple ...
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When was the temple of Artemis at Ephesus destroyed?

It was apparently destroyed several times. First time by Herostratus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herostratus According to tradition this happened on 21 July 356 BC.
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How and when was the Temple of Trajan destroyed?

Recent excavations and analysis by Roberto Meneghini, archaeologist in charge of all Roman imperial forums for 30 years, has concluded that the Temple of the Deified Trajan was actually located at the ...
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Where was the Temple of Onias located?

Adding to what @tohuwawohu wrote, Noach Chacham points out in his essay in Hebrew "The High Priesthood and Onias' Temple: The Historical Meaning of a Rabbinic Story", p. 452, n. that it's ...
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