Last updated: June 10, 2013 (2 years ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999
Damanhur, Federation of Communities
(Baldissero Canavese, Turin, Italy)
- Status: Established
- Started Planning: 1975
- Start Living Together: 1977
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
- Website address: http://www.damanhur.org
- Phone: +39 0124 512236
Via Pramarzo, 3
Baldissero Canavese, Turin, 10080
Damanhur, Federation of Communities comprises many different settlements extending over 1,200 acres of Piedmont’s pristine Valchiusella valley, in the foothills of the Italian Alps. Damanhur has a population of around a thousand citizens, with embassies and supporters in Italy, Europe, Japan and the United States. Founded in 1975, the Federation has its own Constitution, a complementary currency system, a daily paper, art workshops, a medical and science research center, a Study Center, a school system (from nursery to middle school).
Every year thousands of people visit Damanhur to experience the social model and study the philosophy, but what sets Damanhur apart from other eco and spiritual communities is the Temples of Humankind. Often called the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the Temples were dug by hand from the stone mountain by the people of Damanhur.
As Daniela Biancolini, architectural inspector for the Italian Heritage Ministry, has said: “Nothing like this exists outside of the films of Indiana Jones.”
Damanhur offers events, activities and courses all year round. Damanhur and the Temples can be visited for a short time and for longer periods of study, vacation or regeneration.
Partial list of awards:
2008: Damanhur recognized as an example of applying the Earth Charter.
2007: Community Magazine declares Damanhur “The Most Beautiful Community in the World”.
2007: The Green Flag is awarded to two Damanhurian houses: Aval and Prima Stalla farm.
2005: Award for Sustainable Communities awarded by an agency of the United Nations as a model for a sustainable future.