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Entirely excavated from the cliff-face, the effort over a hundred years was considerable and this you don't doubt as you look for the first time upon it, but the sense of awe hoped for in a Wonder is not initially there. Get past the plain facade and you have something else entirely.

On our first visit, Burness just looked at me and said "Not a Wonder", and suggested that the additional expense and time tacked onto our travels for a late addition to my list wasn't really worth it. Kailash Temple (also called Kailasanathar, Kailasanatha, Kailasa Temple, or Kailasha Temple) just didn't look that impressive. Plain face, fascinating interior, Kailash Temple is a secretive beauty, waiting to reveal itself. We just don't know, as records from the era are scarce, but he also came up with another theory that, to my ears, sounds the most likely. It was deliberately left unfinished-looking, so not to attract looters.

Christianity first arrived in North Africa, in the 1st or early 2nd century AD.

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In the 15th century Christianity came to Sub-Saharan Africa with the arrival of the Portuguese.

In the South of the continent the Dutch founded the beginnings of the Dutch Reform Church in 1652.

Legend has it that Christianity was brought from Jerusalem to Alexandria on the Egyptian coast by Mark, one of the four evangelists, in 60 AD.

This was around the same time or possibly before Christianity spread to Northern Europe.

However, the spread of Christianity paved the way for commercial speculators, and, in its original rigid European form, denied people pride in their culture and ceremonies.

In 2014, researchers from a French-Saudi expedition studying rock inscriptions in southern Saudi Arabia announced they had discovered what could be the oldest texts written in the Arabic alphabet. Your comment was successfully submitted and will be published in accordance with site policy.

These are not caves adapted for worship, they are man-made caves, or more accurately, temples and shrines cut from the rock.

They were carved from anywhere between the 5th and 13th centuries; again, this is something nobody really knows with any precision.

In the end, the dates attributed are usually done by the sculptural style; just as you can give a rough date to Western styles of art whether Realism, Cubism, or Pop Art, ancient sculpture can be roughly dated by style by people with a far greater understanding than me.

Thus Kailash Temple can be dated from the mid-8th Century for the main temple to the 8th or 9th Centuries for the outer galleries.

In the 7th century Christianity retreated under the advance of Islam.

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