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Mithräum von Riegel

A votive altar referring to the cult of Mithras was found more than forty years before the site was excavated and the Mithraeum discovered.
  • Mithras-Tempel von Riegel

    Mithras-Tempel von Riegel

  • Ceremonial sword from Riegen

    Ceremonial sword from Riegen
    Badisches Landesmuseum via 

The New Mithraeum
2 Jun 2009
Updated on Mar 2022

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In December 1932, a votive altar was discovered with an inscription referring to the cult of Mithras. Excavations confirmed this hypothesis. In 1974, the Baden-Württemberg Historical Monuments Office excavated the sanctuary.

The building was of simple construction, but retained the usual form of this type of building as found in Italy. The sandstone base supported a wooden and earthen elevation. The whole forms a rectangle 9.10 m long and 6.40 m wide, with a quadrangular niche to the west. A flight of steps leads down into a vestibule (A) with plank walls, which takes up the whole width

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Ceremonial sword of Riegel

The Mithraic sword found in the Riegel Mithraeum may have been used as a prop during rituals.