Rožanec Mithraeum

Near the village of Rožanec is a hidden Mithraeum,  to which a marked path leads.

Rožanec mithraeum

Near the village of Rožanec is a hidden Mithraeum,  to which a marked path leads. What’s left of this Mithraeum is a relief image of the sun god Mithras with companions sacrificing a bull. The image is carved into the vertical wall of an abandoned ancient quarry, on the west side of the oval sinkhole of Judea, and next to the relief of Mithras that kills a bull, a Latin inscription is engraved, which says that three men, Publius, Proculus and Firminus, had the relief carved into the rock. Remains of pottery and a hearth confirmed the assumption that sacrificial ceremonies were performed here. The sculpture is partially destroyed, and its casting is kept by the Bela Krajina Museum in Metlika. The area around the Mithraeum has been excavated several times throughout history, as people believed that a golden calf was buried there.

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