Carnuntum Mithraeum I

Description

Mithraeum I, found between Bad Deutsch-Altenburg and Petronell, 40 km down the Danube from Vienna (Roman Vindobona), in 1852, in the neighbourhood of a quarry situated on the slope of a steep hill.

According to the scarcely detailed design of von Sacken, the lay-out of the temple must have been nearly semi-circular. Projecting rocks and the occasional artificial addition of masonry and blocks of stone gave the Mithraeum the appearance of a grotto. It is highly probable, that only the half-round apse has been preserved and that the rest of the sanctuary stood before it (Cumont). In this apse, lying on the North, a piece of stuccoed wall was found decorated with yellow-red horizontal and oblong lines. Part of the wall with the entrances has also been discovered. Nearly all finds are at Vienna (Wein), Kunsthistorisches Museum.

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