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Mitreo de la Tumba del Elefante

Set in a Roman necropolis, the so-called Mithraeum of the Elephant takes its name from an elephant statue found in one of the tombs.
  • The sun gets directly inside during the equinoxes

    The sun gets directly inside during the equinoxes
    Universidad Pablo de Olavide 

  • General view of the Elephant Tomb

    General view of the Elephant Tomb
    Paco Jo DelCa 

The New Mithraeum
27 May 2021
Updated on Oct 2023

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The so-called Elephant's Tomb in the Roman necropolis of Carmona (Seville, Spain) was not always used for burials. The original structure of the building and a window through which the sun shines directly in the equinoxes suggest that it was a Mithraic temple. The position of Taurus and Scorpio during the equinoxes gives force to the theory.

The Carmona necropolis (Spain) is a collection of funeral structures from between the 1st century B.C. and the 2nd century A.D. One of these is known as the Elephant's Tomb because a statue in the shape of an elephant was found in the interior of the