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Monumentum

Mithraeum III of Ptuj

Mithraeum III in Ptuj was built in two periods: the original walls were made of pebbles, while the extension of a later period was made of brick.
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  • Vista frontal del edificio construido sobre las ruinas en 1913

    Vista frontal del edificio construido sobre las ruinas en 1913
    aiwaz.net 

  • Petrogenia del Mitreo III de Ptuj

    Petrogenia del Mitreo III de Ptuj 

  • Frontal and left side of Ptuj altar

    Frontal and left side of Ptuj altar
    Ptuj Regional Museum 

  • Frontal view of Ptuj altar

    Frontal view of Ptuj altar
    CIMRM 

  • Lateral view of Ptuj altar

    Lateral view of Ptuj altar
    CIMRM 

  • Lateral view of Ptuj altar

    Lateral view of Ptuj altar
    CIMRM 

  • Relief fragment of Ptuj

    Relief fragment of Ptuj
    CIMRM 

  • Mithras killing the bull on altar. Mithraeum III of Ptuj

    Mithras killing the bull on altar. Mithraeum III of Ptuj
    Pokrajnski Muzej / Ortolf Harl 

  • Mithras killing the bull, detail. Mithraeum III of Ptuj

    Mithras killing the bull, detail. Mithraeum III of Ptuj
    Pokrajnski Muzej / Ortolf Harl 

  • Inscription on altar. Mithraeum III of Ptuj

    Inscription on altar. Mithraeum III of Ptuj
    Pokrajnski Muzej / Ortolf Harl 

  • Altar with Sol from Ptuj

    Altar with Sol from Ptuj
    Ortolf Harl 

  • Altar with Sol from Ptuj

    Altar with Sol from Ptuj
    Ortolf Harl 

  • Altar with Sol from Ptuj

    Altar with Sol from Ptuj
    Ortolf Harl 

 
 
The New Mithraeum
2 Jun 2009
Updated on Nov 2022
 

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In Ptuj (Pettau) at Zborn Breg (Zgornji Breg / Ober-Rann) Mithraeum III was discovered in 1913 between Roman villas which are situated between the Brunnwasser and the Pragerhoferstreet. The finds are preserved in the sanctuary.

The Mithraeum stands in an almost exact N-S direction and is situated in the immediate neighbourhood of the river Drave (Drau). It is practically certain, that on its east side there was a sanctuary of the Magna Mater.

It is possible to distinguish two periods of the sanctuary: the walls of the original Mithraeum were in pebble; the extension of the later period

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Mithras rock-birth of Mithraeum III, Ptuj

Cautes and Cautopates attend the birth of Mithras from the rock in the Petrogenia of the third Mithraeum of Ptuj.

Flavius Aper altar (CIMRM 1584)

The altar of Ptuj depicts Mithras and Sol on the front and the water miracle on the right side.

Relief fragment of Ptuj

Several Mithraic scenes, including Mithras with Saturn, Mithras with Sol and Mithras' Ascension, are depicted on this fragment of a relief from Ptuj.

Tauroctony on altar of Ptuj

Remarkable fragmentary sculpture of Mithras slaying the bull on an inscribed altar found in Mithraeum III at Ptuj.

 

Altar with Sol from Ptuj

This altar, found in the 3rd mithraeum of Ptuj, bears an inscription and a relief of Sol and a person with a cornucopia.

Mithraeum I of Ptuj

The Mithraeum I of Ptuj contains the foundation, altars, reliefs and cult imagery found in it.

Mithraeum II of Ptuj

Mithraeum II was found at Ptuj at a distance of 20 m south of the Mithraeum I in 1901.

Mithraeum V of Ptuj

Part of the finds from the fifth Mithraeum of Ptuj is kept in the Hotel Mitra in the modern city.