Once upon an ancient Roman time there was a deity called Mithras. According to legend he one day slayed a bull and men around him decided to start worshiping him. For 4-5 centuries they built temples far and wide across the empire, formed a cult and performed rituals that are not really known nowadays.
About 1800 years later one of these temples was found 7 metres below the City of London. The ruins were discovered in 1954 and were open to the public for a short period. Unfortunately the ruins were on the way of building development and were relocated close by without giving a damn about the historic accuracy.
Fortunately though, in 2010 Bloomberg purchased the 1950s development and decided to restore the temple to its original location and at the end on 2017 the temple was opened to public.
Exhibition whisks you back about 1800 years. With the play of light and sounds, for 15 minutes, you get to be part of a mysterious ritual held at Mithras temple. Access to the exhibition is free, but make sure you book your visit in advance! And while you are waiting for your slot, you have a chance to check the Roman artifacts found around the temple and learn more about the Mithras and the cult from the interactive panels.
It’s a perfect hidden gem if you happen to hang around the City of London on the weekend. City area is quite abandoned anyway over the weekend, so it’s the best time to go. However more slots are available during weekdays (especially in the morning).
Sadly for our vlog, filming in the exhibition area is prohibited.
Closest tube stations are Bank (Central line), Cannon Street and Mansion House (District and Circle line).
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