Rome, S.Clemente Mithraeum


Mithraeum of the San Clemente: one of the best-known mithraeums in Rome.

San Clemente Mithraeum

The Mithraeum beneath the church of S. Clemente is one of the artificial underground caves where those who were initiated in the cult of Mithras celebrated their mysteries.

This sanctuary was built in the late second century inside a late-first century house; the hall itself represents the universe and the relief shows how the god killed the devilish bull, the central part of his myth.