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This article is about the building in Age of Empires. For other uses, see Temple.

The Temple is a special building in Age of Empires that becomes available once the Bronze Age is reached. The main purpose of Temples in is to train and improve Priests, which can heal allied units and convert enemies. To build the Temple, a Market must be built beforehand. Its counterpart in Age of Empires II is the Monastery.

Temples are available all civilizations except for the Macedonians.

Trainable units and technologies[]

Stone Age*[]

Bronze Age[]

Iron Age[]

  • Afterlife.png Afterlife: Priests get +3 range.
  • Fanaticism.png Fanaticism: Priests rejuvenate 50% faster; enables the Legion upgrade.
  • Medicine.png Medicine: Priests heal 33% faster.
  • Monotheism.png Monotheism: Priests can convert enemy buildings and enemy Priests.
  • Martyrdom.png Sacrifice: Priests can be sacrificed to instantly convert an enemy unit.
  • Jihad.png Zealotry: Villagers get extra attack, speed, and HP, but a lower carry capacity.

Technology availability[]

Civilization Astrology.png Mysticism.png Polytheism.png Afterlife.png Fanaticism.png Medicine.png Monotheism.png Martyrdom.png Jihad.png All
Assyrians X
Babylonians X
Carthaginians
Choson X
Egyptians X
Greeks
Hittites
Minoans
Palmyrans
Persians X
Phoenicians X
Romans
Shang X
Sumerians
Yamato
Civilization Astrology.png Mysticism.png Polytheism.png Afterlife.png Fanaticism.png Medicine.png Monotheism.png Martyrdom.png Jihad.png All

History[]

The temple was a religious center. It was often the earthly home or point of communication with a particular god or goddess. Priests or priestesses in the temple acted as the servants of the resident god or goddess and managed contact to and from the people, plus instruction, rituals, petitions, and answers to questions. The most common form of petition was the prayer. Another was the provision of gifts that supported the temple and its servants. A less common petition was the sacrifice of animals or even humans. The general belief of the time was that the more elaborate a temple, the taller it was, and the more grand, the more disposed the god or goddess would be to provide good weather, rainfall, and crop yields, while keeping away pests, disease, and human invaders.
Age of Empires manual

Trivia[]

  • The Priest is actually available in the Stone Age (viewable through the Scenario Editor) despite the building itself not being available until the Bronze Age.

Gallery[]

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