A Roman temple to the god Mithras will be redisplayed this November at a new public museum inside the recently opened Bloomberg building in the City of London. The temple was first uncovered in 1889, but the site was only fully excavated after WWII bombing – attracting some 400,000 visitors. A 1950s redevelopment offered no space for the artefacts and relocated the Mithraeum away from its setting. The new museum returns the temple to its original location.
The Bloomberg museum features objects uncovered by archaeologists during the latest redevelopment. This rich and unique collection of finds has been described as the ‘Pompeii of the North’ and includes Roman jewellery and shoes as well as a writing tablet featuring the first ever mention of London. For details of visits go to www.londonmithraeum.com