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London Mithraeum, London

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#74 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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  • Very well laid out museum with good attention to detail, extraordinary attention to detail and cleanliness. The lights and sounds exhibition is really interesting although being sent out after 18 minutes to let them reset means you dont get loads of time to look around. Children got a great activity kit which they completed
  • Mystical. Well worth a visit. It’s a short guided tour with a five minute audio and light show. An incredible place underneath enormous office blocks in the heart of the City.
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