Reconstructed Mithraeum at Saalburg

The reconstructed Mithraeum at Saalburg Roman Fortress in Germany is a reconstruction of an ancient temple dedicated to the god Mithras, a deity worshipped by the ancient Romans.

Reconstructed Mithraeum at Saalburg

The reconstructed Mithraeum at Saalburg Roman Fortress in Germany is a reconstruction of an ancient temple dedicated to the god Mithras, a deity worshipped by the ancient Romans. The Saalburg Roman Fortress was a military fortification built by the Romans in the 2nd century AD, located near the present-day town of Bad Homburg in the state of Hesse, Germany.

The original Mithraeum at Saalburg was likely built in the 2nd century AD and was used for Mithraic worship until the 3rd century AD when it was abandoned. The remains of the temple were discovered during excavations of the Saalburg Roman Fortress in the early 1900s.

In the 1930s, a reconstruction of the Mithraeum was undertaken as part of a larger restoration of the Saalburg Roman Fortress. The reconstruction was based on the archaeological remains of the original temple as well as on similar Mithraea found elsewhere in the Roman Empire.

The reconstructed Mithraeum at Saalburg is now open to the public and serves as a museum dedicated to the cult of Mithras and its place in Roman religious and cultural history. Visitors can explore the temple’s central nave, apse, and anteroom, which are decorated with murals and sculptures depicting scenes from Mithraic mythology.

The reconstructed Mithraeum at Saalburg offers a glimpse into the world of Roman religion and mythology and is an important cultural and historical site in Germany.

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    “The reconstructed Mithraeum (temple of Mithras), Saalburg Roman Fort, Limes Germanicus, Germania (Germany)” by Following Hadrian is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/?ref=openverse.

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