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Game Info[edit | edit source]

Vanilla[edit | edit source]

Next-level cultural building. Requires Monument.

  • +3 20xCulture5.png Culture
  • 1 Artist specialist slot

Gods & Kings and Brave New World[edit | edit source]

Advanced faith building. Requires Shrine.

  • Common traits:
    • +2 20xfaith5.png Faith
    • +1 additional 20xfaith5.png Faith with Organized Religion Social policy
    • +25% 20xGold5.png Gold output for this city with Theocracy Social policy
    • +1 20xFood5.png Food with Feed the World Religious Belief
    • +2 20xCulture5.png Culture in cities with at least 5 followers with Choral Music Religious Belief
    • +2 20xHappiness5.png Happiness in cities with at least 5 followers with Religious Center Religious Belief

Strategy[edit | edit source]

In vanilla Civilization V, the Temple increases the 20xCulture5.png Culture of a city, speeding the growth of the city's territory and the civilization's acquisition of Social Policies. The city must contain a Monument before the Temple can be constructed. The Temple allows the creation of one Artist specialist from a city's population, increasing the speed at which Great Artists appear.

Starting in Gods & Kings, the Temple is the next-level, must-have building for those wanting to establish a religion and use it. Besides its core 20xfaith5.png Faith production, Temples may produce much more via certain beliefs, and via the Piety Social Policy tree. The Amphitheater replaces the Temple as the culture building of the Classical Era.

You need a Temple in each city in order to unlock the Grand Temple.

Given the fact that Philosophy is a prerequisite for this building, you can get a pretty significant 20xfaith5.png Faith advantage early in the game by rushing straight for the Great Library, picking up Calendar while you build it and then using the free tech to pick up Philosophy. This allows you to build some very early Temples in all your cities, and gives you a significant headstart towards later 20xfaith5.png Faith-centric technologies as well. Naturally, this is best combined with one of the Pantheon beliefs which give a boost to 20xfaith5.png Faith from specific tiles or resource improvements, as well as vigorous exploration for religious city-states and lucky 20xfaith5.png Faith boosts from Ancient Ruins. Also, Stonehenge is a powerful follow-up to the Great Library, if luck has it that no other civilization is going for it. If you then research Theology, you are pretty much guaranteed to get the Hagia Sophia for a free Great Prophet. It's worth noting that the Hagia Sophia also serves as a Temple, which leaves you entirely free to build Stonehenge in your Capital5.png Capital while researching Theology without having to worry about building a Temple there as well. Towards the end of the construction of the Hagia Sophia, you should have already gotten your first natural Great Prophet; if not, you'll get one shortly thereafter. Getting two Great Prophets so early will allow you to enhance your religion very soon after its foundation. Lastly, having a Temple in each of your cities allows you to build a Grand Temple, so following up with this wonder after the Hagia Sophia makes for the final step in what is essentially the most powerful opening in the game if you're going for a religious empire.

Civilopedia entry[edit | edit source]

A temple is a religious building where the faithful can come together to worship. Such buildings show that a community is fairly wealthy as well as pious, since it can afford to construct a special structure and feed and clothe the priests, acolytes, vestal virgins, or monks within. In many early cultures each family would have a small shrine in their own dwelling; the oldest known separate temple dates from the 10th millennium BC and is located in southeastern Turkey.

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