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London Mithraeum, London

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#75 of 257 in Museums in London
The London Mithraeum, also known as the Temple of Mithras, Walbrook, is a Roman mithraeum that was discovered in Walbrook, a street in the City of London, during a building's construction in 1954. The entire site was relocated to permit continued construction and this temple of the mystery god Mithras became perhaps the most famous 20th-century Roman discovery in London.
The site was excavated by W. F. Grimes, director of the Museum of London, in 1954. The temple, initially hoped to have been an early Christian church, was built in the mid-3rd century and dedicated to Mithras or perhaps jointly to several deities popular among Roman soldiers. Then it was rededicated, probably to Bacchus, in the early fourth century. Found within the temple, where they had been carefully buried at the time of its rededication, were finely detailed third-century white marble likenesses of Minerva, Mercury the guide of the souls of the dead, and the syncretic gods Mithras and Serapis, imported from Italy. There were several coarser locally-made clay figurines of Venus, combing her hair. The artefacts recovered were put on display in the Museum of London.
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  • You must book but free of charge. Guides very helpful and informative. Small but very atmospheric, it is worth listening to all the commentary in the middle layer as ghostly projections fade in and fa...  more »
  • Visited on a Saturday afternoon on the off-chance and we were able to go straight in. The artefact display with further information available via tablets was very well done. The whole set up was obvio...  more »
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  • The site was really cool. The rest seemed a bit like they were trying to be too cool. It would be better if they had a short introductory video instead of layered audio while you are trying to read the displays. The Roman bath house in London is more worthwhile if you can only pick one. And there is an actual guide who talks through some things that are informative.
  • Fantastic displays of Roman artifacts. The interactive display around the ruins was a little flat for me. Excellent accessibility facilities. Very nicely done though.. was impressed with the set up.
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