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Monumentum

Mithraeum of Tienen

The temple contained hundreds of ceramic vessels and animal bones, which may indicated that a grand Mithraic feast was celebrated before its closing.
 
 
The New Mithraeum
22 Apr 2010
Updated on 17 Nov 2022
 
  • Plan and sections of the Tienen mithraeum

    Plan and sections of the Tienen mithraeum
    Martens 2004 

  • Plan and sections of the Tienen mithraeum

    Plan and sections of the Tienen mithraeum
    Martens 2004 

 

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In 1998 the enigmatic remains of an unidentified building, together with a number of pits containing very rich deposits, were excavated in the SW periphery of the vicus of Tienen, on the Roman road from Colonia Claudia (Cologne) to the Scheldt and thence to N Flanders and the Pas de Calais. Only after a preliminary examination of the finds could the small timber-framed building be identified as a mithraeum.

The temple of Mithras was erected on an empty parcel of land surrounded on at least 3 of its 4 sides by a palisade.