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Monumentum

Mitreo di San Clemente

The Mithraeum under the Basilica of San Clemente made part of a notable Roman house.
 
 
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17 May 2007
 
  • Interior view of the Mithraeum of San Clemente.

    Interior view of the Mithraeum of San Clemente. 

  • Additional room besides the Mithraeum.

    Additional room besides the Mithraeum. 

  • Ancient postcard of the Mitreo di San Clemente.

    Ancient postcard of the Mitreo di San Clemente. 

  • Underground illustration of the Basilica di San Clemente with its Mithraeum

    Underground illustration of the Basilica di San Clemente with its Mithraeum
    Illustration by Erin Dreis 

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In 1867 a Mithraeum was discovered in a notable Roman house, situated under the Basilica S. Clemente. As a continuous flow of water made further investigations impossible in the beginning, the excavations could only be continued in 1914 after the construction of a water-tunnel.

One enters the Mithraeum after descending a number of stairs and passing through a room in front of it. Then come the actual entry (Br. 1.50), which was constructed in later times when the Mithraeum was built. It shows the usual division into a plastered central aisle (Br. 2.
 

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