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San Clemente: Mithraeum

Mithraeum

The lowest level of excavations beneath San Clemente is home to Roman apartments and this 3rd-century Temple of Mithras. It was deliberately destroyed when the church was built, but one room has survived: a small artificial cave with stars on the ceiling, long side benches, and a stone altar with a relief of Mithras slaying the bull.

Credit: David Joyal