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Mithraeum of Hawarti

The Mithraeum of Hauarte or Hawarte, which preserves colourful frescoes, it's the latest know and used.
 
 
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28 Dec 2020
Updated on 10 Feb 2022
 
  • 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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During two weeks in 1998 the north and east walls were excavated. The mithraeum lies north/south and at that time was estimated to be wider than long — 6m north/south and 7.4m east/west — with a southern entrance as yet unexcavated. Its floor lay 3.5m below the mosaic floor of the 4th-cent. church, and its west wall was obscured by a foundation wall for the narthex of the 4th-cent. church, apparently built after the ceiling of the mithraeum had already collapsed. A podium was recovered only on the east side (that on the west was possibly destroyed by the foundation wall of the church).
 
 

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Mithras triumphant over the Sun

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

Fresco of a knight and a black figure from the Hawarte Mithraeum.

This painting depicts an Iranian knight holding in a chain a black naked figure with two heads.

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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