The Temple of Mithras, London

Location: London
Museum: Museum of London
Archaeological Unit: Museum of London Archaeological Services (MoLAS)
Era: Roman
Status: Active Project
Tradition: Mithraism
Objective: Other Heritage Action

Content: 

Introduction

On January 25th 2007 the DCMS issued a press release announcing their intention to place the “Temple of Mithras” on the protected List at Grade II.

The temple was discovered on the banks of the Walbrook in 1954, during excavation work for a new building. The Temple, originally thought to be an early Christian church, was then moved to a new site. It is as a result of planning permission sought by Legal and General for a New Building that the legal status of the temple has been debated.

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Mithras was a Persian god much beloved of Roman soldiers during the days of the Western Roman Empire. In many ways, his story inspires the story of Jesus: Mithras was the bringer of light and saviour of the world. As a god brought to Britain long before Christianity, he is still revered within some British polytheistic Pagan traditions.

HAD Became involved in the consultation over the fate of the temple.

News

Legal and General Launches Walbrook Square

An article about the plans that Legal and General have for the site that contains the Temple

Uprooted by developers, now Roman temple is going home

Ross Lydall; London Evening Standard: 4th August 2006

Links

Payam Nabarz

Pretty much the only reliable source of information on Mithras in the UK. This is Payam’s MySpace Site where you can find more information about Mithras amongst the other interesting pieces.  You can see a recent clip of an interview with Payam on Channel 4 here.

Museum of London

The Museum of London is probaly the nearest Museum to the site and their director F.W.Grimes was involved in the original Dig.

Contact: HAD Office