Monumentum

Mithraeum of Carnuntum I

According to the scarcely detailed design of von Sacken, the lay-out of the temple must have been nearly semi-circular.
 
 
PublishedThe New Mithraeum
28 May 2007
Updated on 11 Mar 2022
 
Altar of Carnuntum

Altar of Carnuntum
Wien - Kunsthistorisches Museum / Gabrielle Kremer

 

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Mithraeum I, found between Bad Deutsch-Altenburg and Petronell, 40 km down the Danube from Vienna (Roman Vindobona), in 1852, in the neighbourhood of a quarry situated on the slope of a steep hill.

According to the scarcely detailed design of von Sacken, the lay-out of the temple must have been nearly semi-circular. Projecting rocks and the occasional artificial addition of masonry and blocks of stone gave the Mithraeum the appearance of a grotto. It is highly probable, that only the half-round apse has been preserved and that the rest of the sanctuary stood before it (Cumont).
 
 

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Altar of Carnuntum by Sacidius Barbarus

This altar bears the oldest known Latin inscription to the god Mithras, written Mitrhe.

 

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