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Castrum Zerzevan

Zerzevan Castle, also known as Samachi Castle, is a ruined Eastern Roman castle, a former important military base, in Diyarbakır Province, southeastern Turkey.

Mithraic monuments of Castrum Zerzevan


Mithraeum of Zerzevan

A Mithraeum was discovered in 2007, during the excavations at the Zerzevan Castle.


  • Aytaç Coşkun, E. Deniz Oğuz-Kirca (2022) Beyond the Roman East. An archaeological evaluation of the mithraeum based on its architectural authenticity at castrum Zerzevan (Diyarbakir, Turkey). Journal of Ancient History and Archaeology
  • UNESCO (2020) Zerzevan Castle and Mithraeum