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Mithräum von Kempraten

The Kempraten Mithraeum was unexpectedly discovered during the 2015 excavations near the vicus.
The New Mithraeum
18 May 2021
Updated on Feb 2022

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Excavations on the northwestern edge of the settlement of the small Roman town of Kempraten promoted not only three lime kilns but also surprisingly a Mithraeum from the 3rd and 4th centuries AD. This is the third temple devoted to Mithras found in Switzerland yet.

The rectangular building with mortared foundation walls, wooden, windowless construction and shingle roof was located away from the Roman settlement directly on the lake shore. Externally inconspicuous, it covered an artificial depression elaborated out of the rock. If one belonged to the cult community - the Mithras cult was