Mithraeum of Housesteads

The Housesteads Mithraeum is an underground temple, now burried, discovered in 1822 in a slope of the Chapel Hill, outside of the Roman Fort at the Hadrian's Wall.
PublishedThe New Mithraeum
12 Aug 2021
Updated on 18 Jan 2022
  • Mithraeum of Housesteads - Vercovicium, Hadrian's Wall

    Mithraeum of Housesteads - Vercovicium, Hadrian's Wall
    Sascha Rennhofer - Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 


  • Petrogenia Housesteads

    Petrogenia Housesteads
    The New Mithraeum / Jona Lendering (CC BY-SA) 


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The mithraeum was excavated in 1898. It consisted of a rectangular room flanked with benches, at the end was a sanctuary which contained a relief of Mithras surrounded by the zodiac. It survives as a circular platform, about 11 metres across, set into a southeast-facing slope to a maximum depth of 1.1 metres. None of the stonework is visible.

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