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Monumentum

Mithraeum of Hawarte

The Mithraeum of Hauarte or Huwarti preserves colourful frescoes.
 
 
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28 Dec 2020
 
  • View of the niche of the Mithraeum of Hawarte

    View of the niche of the Mithraeum of Hawarte 

  • The entrance to the Mithraeum was concealed under the floor of the church.

    The entrance to the Mithraeum was concealed under the floor of the church.
    Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archeology 

  • View of the niche of the Mithraeum of Hawarte

    View of the niche of the Mithraeum of Hawarte 

  • General situation of the Mithraeum within the Pothios church.

    General situation of the Mithraeum within the Pothios church.
    G. Majcherek 

  • Mithras triumphant over the Sun.

    Mithras triumphant over the Sun. 

  • Wall painting in the vestibule of the mithraeum depicting a demon hunter.

    Wall painting in the vestibule of the mithraeum depicting a demon hunter.
    Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archeology 

  • Mithra cavalier et son prisonnier bicéphale.

    Mithra cavalier et son prisonnier bicéphale.
    M. Puszkarski 

  • Mithras rock-birth and Sol from Hawarte Mithraeum

    Mithras rock-birth and Sol from Hawarte Mithraeum
    Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archeology 

  • The City of Darkness fresco of the Hawarte Mithraeum

    The City of Darkness fresco of the Hawarte Mithraeum
    Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology 

  • The City of Darkness fresco of the Hawarte Mithraeum

    The City of Darkness fresco of the Hawarte Mithraeum
    Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology 

 

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The excavations in Hawarte began in the 1970s when the ruins of a 5th-century church were explored by a Frenchman, Pierre Canivet. Twenty years later the floor in the middle of the nave collapsed, revealing a mysterious cave which had walls covered with Mithraic paintings. It turned out to be the main room of a mithraeum. Unfortunately, the first to reach it were robbers. While trying to smuggle a fragment of plaster with traces of painting out of the country, they were detained by Syrian customs officers which led to the discovery of the underground temple of the god Mithra.
 
 

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Mithras triumphant over the Sun

Fresco du Mithraeum de Hawarte, Syria, depicts Mithras' victory over the Sun.

A knight hold in chain a black two headed naked figure

Fresco from the Mithraeum of Hawarte depicting an Iranian knight with a black figure.

Mithras rock-birth fresco of Hawarte

In one of Hawarte's frescoes, the rock birth of Mithras is preceded by Zeus and followed by the young Persian god suspended from a cypress tree.

City of Darkness fresco of Hawarte

The City of Darkness unique fresco from the Mithraeum of Hawarte shows the tightest links between the western and eastern worship of Mithras in Roman Syria.

 

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