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Temple of Mithras To Be Restored To Its Original Location.

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posted on Nov, 18 2011 @ 08:56 PM
Temple of Mithras To Be Restored To Its Original Location.

Plans to dismantle and move the reconstructed Roman Temple of Mithras to temporary storage, ahead of a more faithful reconstruction, will begin on the 21 November 2011 by Museum of London Archaeology.

The temple, which is located at Walbrook Square, was discovered by chance in 1952 by archaeologist WF Grimes as the site was being prepared for redevelopment.

On the final day of excavation – September 18th 1954 – the marble head of the god of Mithras was unearthed. Several more amazing artefacts, including some sculptures, were later found – these are now on display in the Museum of London’s Roman gallery.

Here is the photo of the original excavation.

n 1962 the temple was reconstructed on a podium adjacent to Queen Victoria Street, 90 metres from its original site. Image: © Museum of London Archaeology

The temple was dismantled at that time and the Roman building material put into storage. In 1962 the temple was reconstructed on a podium adjacent to Queen Victoria Street, 90 metres from its original site, nine metres above its original level and set in modern cement mortar.

In December 2010, Bloomberg LP, purchased the Walbrook Square site to build its new European headquarters building. Listed building consent was granted for the dismantling of the current Temple of Mithras reconstruction and expert stone masons have been commissioned by Bloomberg to carefully extract the Roman stone and tile from the 1960s cement mortar. The temple is due to be carefully packaged up and moved to storage for the second time.

Bloomberg LP will restore the temple to its original Roman location and in a more historically accurate guise. Upon completion of Bloomberg’s new development, the new reconstruction of the Temple of Mithras will be housed in a purpose-built and publicly accessible interpretation space within their new building.

A little about Mithras

The Head of Mithras

This head of Mithras depicts the god as a handsome young man with an unusual Phrygian styled cap. The head is thought to have been part of a large bull slaying scene, where Mithras would kill the bull who's blood gave eternal life.

Mithras was the god of a mystery religion which became popular among the military in the Roman Empire, from the 1st to the 4th centuries AD.

Information on the cult is based mainly on interpretations of the many surviving monuments such as this head of Mithras. The head was discovered in the Temple of Mithras, in Walbrook London, standing in the aspe of the Temple.

Temple of Mithras, London

The Temple of Mithras, or London's Mithraeum, is a large Roman temple, built between 307-310 AD, dedicated to Mithras, the Persian god of light and the sun (who many believe to be the actual identity of Christ). It is low-built, as it would have represented the cave in which Mithras is thought to have slain the primordial bull.

Mithraism emerged as a serious rival to Christianity in the Roman Empire around the second century AD, and was a men-only cult in which those indoctrinated would be subject to fearsome initiation ceremonies.

It is the precursor to the traditional Christian church, with long aisles leading to an altar and apse, and was discovered accidentally in 1954 during rebuilding work on Walbrook - a busy road in London's financial City district. Yet due to the necessity of the building work on Walbrook, the entire temple was uprooted with help from the Museum of London and moved to its current home, just down the road at Temple Court, Queen Victoria Street. This year, however, sees the temple moved back to Walbrook as part of an ambitious new development.

Among the sculptures found at the site are a head of Mithras himself and a marble relief of Mithras killing the bull - the 'Tauroctony'; an episode akin in importance to the crucifixion of Christ. By the relief is an inscription which reads: "For the Salvation of our lords the four emperors and the noble Caesar, and to the god Mithras, the Invincible Sun from the east to the west."

Now I will leave the speculation to you guys. With all that is happening in the world today, what would be the purpose of this?

With everything happening in the world especially NYC, why would Bloomberg's company be interested in this?

I am still looking into whether or not Bloomberg's company itself is rebuilding, or an associate.

And is it important, or what would be the importance of moving back to its original location? Love some input on this.

Peace, NRE.

posted on Nov, 18 2011 @ 09:03 PM
reply to post by NoRegretsEver

In all seriousness, perhaps they are getting prepared for the revealing of the antichrist. I don't know, but this is a very interesting article, and I want to research it a little more. Thank you for posting it.

posted on Nov, 18 2011 @ 09:08 PM
Good find OP S&F, very interesting that these people are going to such scrupulous lengths to return it to its original site.
The cult of Mithras was very widespread, very mysterious and many say very dubious in its rituals and ceremonies.
Thanks for the info

posted on Nov, 18 2011 @ 09:24 PM
Mithra, the original middle prophet, the legitimate Christ, the idea of which always was Zoroastrian in origin.

Little is know about the original religion, but I don't remember it being a male orientated religion. Also, from what I recall, Mithra was popular in Rome long before Christianity was established.

Here is a decent article on the subject.

But from past research, I remember there having been an actual Mithra born a few hundred years before Christ, who lived in what is now present day Iran.

Will the true Christ be revealed?

Have to do more research.

posted on Nov, 18 2011 @ 09:33 PM
Mithras in Rome and Greece only just lost out to Christianity in it's early years, I don't think Greeks/Romans could quite get over the fact it was a Persian deity originally. You'll find a lot of Mithaic customs were adopted by early Christians (or more accurately Constantine) in order to convince the Roman military to make the transition.

posted on Nov, 18 2011 @ 09:38 PM
God will not stoop to showing us any signs, but Lucifer just cannot seem to help himself.

posted on Nov, 18 2011 @ 11:17 PM
Here is another link I found.

Interesting, Mithra as practiced by the Romans seems different than anything that existed in ancient Persia.

Mitra is mentioned in the Hindu Vedas, while Mithra is is the subject of Yashts (hymns) in the Zoroastrian Avesta, a text compiled during the Sassanian period (224-640 CE) to preserve a much older oral tradition. Cumont himself recognized possible flaws in his theory. The most obvious is that there is little evidence for a Zoroastrian cult of Mithra (Cumont 1956), and certainly none that suggests that Zoroastrian worship of Mithra used the liturgy or the well-devoloped iconography found in the Roman cult of Mithras. Moreover, few monuments from the Roman cult have been recovered from the very provinces which are thought to have inspired worship of Mithras (namely the provinces of Asia Minor). Finally, Cumont was aware that the earliest datable evidence for the cult of Mithras came from the military garrison at Carnuntum in the province of Upper Pannonia on the Danube River (modern Hungary). Indeed, the largest quantity of evidence for mithraic worship comes from the western half of the empire, particularly from the provinces of the Danube River frontier and from Rome and her port city, Ostia, in Italy. To explain this phenomenon, Cumont proposed that soldiers stationed in western provinces and transferred to eastern provinces for short periods of time learned of the deity Mithra and began to worship and dedicate monuments to a god they called Mithras when they returned to their customary garrison. It is true that soldiers from the Roman legion XV Apollinaris stationed at Carnuntum in the first century CE were called to the East in 63 CE to help fight in a campaign against the Parthians and further to help quell the Jewish revolt in Jerusalem from 66-70 CE. Members of the legion made mithraic dedications back in Carnuntum after their return from these campaigns, possibly as early as 71 or 72 CE. Once these Roman soldiers and the camp-followers of the legions, who included merchants, slaves, and freedmen, started to worship Mithras, argued Cumont, their further movements around the empire served to spread the cult to other areas.

What isn't mentioned is that the Germans and the Persians were both originally Aryans, as well as the Vedic religion in India. Could Mithraism be an ancient Aryan religion, practiced by the Germanic tribes, picked up by the Romans? Currently tied to the Persians because they also had tales of a Mithra, while the ancient writing form of the Germans, Runes, has been so forgotten that we can not read it in these modern times.

The archaeological evidence for Mithraism, consisting mostly of monuments, inscribed dedications, and the remains of mithraea, indicates that the cult was most popular among the legions stationed in frontier areas. The Danube and Rhine river frontier has the highest concentration of evidence, but a significant quantity of evidence amply demonstrates that Mithraism was also popular among the troops stationed in the province of Numidia in North Africa and along Hadrian's wall in England. The inscriptions on dedications found in all these areas support Cumont's assertion that Mithraism was most popular among legionaries (of all ranks), and the members of the more marginal social groups who were not Roman citizens: freedmen, slaves, and merchants from various provinces

Sounds a lot like Masonry. There are those who claim that Mithraism was a contender against Christianity, but Mithraism was always a secret religion, and apparently only males were allowed, so it could never become mainstream. I suspect that modern Masonry is its descendant.

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posted on Nov, 19 2011 @ 02:31 PM
I wanted to add a bit about Mithraism. I am still learning as I go, but I see there maybe a problem, or even a protest of this, if it become more known.


In every Mithraic temple, the place of honor was occupied by a representation of Mithras killing a sacred bull, called a tauroctony. It has been more recently proposed that the tauroctony is a symbolic representation of the constellations rather than an originally Iranian animal sacrifice scene (Ulansey, 1991).

The reformation of Zarathustra retained the hundreds of Persian deities, assembling them into a complex hierarchical system of 'Immortals' and 'Adored Ones' under the rule of either Ahura- Mazda or Ahriman. Within this vast pantheon, Mithras gained the title of 'Judger of Souls'. He became the divine representative of Ahura-Mazda on earth, and was directed to protect the righteous from the demonic forces of Ahriman. Mithras was called omniscient, undeceivable, infallible, eternally watchful, and never-resting.

Peace, NRE.

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