Temple of Mithras
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- Temple of Mithras, Queen Victoria Street, The CityEC3
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The Temple of Mithras first saw light in 1889 when a relief was washed up in the Walbrook. Sixty years later excavations for a nearby office complex unearthed the temple’s remains in Queen Victoria Street.
What little remains today can be seen outside Temple Court, but all of the interesting busts and sculptures have been moved to the Museum of London.
History of the Roman temple
The Temple of Mithras – or Mithraeum, as it was known in Roman times – was built in the 2nd-century AD to worship the Persian god of light.
Although Mithras was in effect an anti-God to Jesus Christ, the building still borrowed heavily from the developing Christian church – it had a nave, a raised sanctuary and even an entrance to the east.
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- ronette – “I have to say I was disappointed with this. I spent a day looking at all the roman remains in London and this is hardly worth the trip. They could have made so much more of it. What a waste. All it is, is you standing on a busy London street peering over a wall to the stones down below in a big fenced off area. You cannot walk amongst them. All you can do is read the plaque next to it and peer over a wall. If you interested in roman remains then I thouroug… more”
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