Underground Rome: The Mithraeum of Circus Maximum Private Tour

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What To Expect

Visit of one of the largest locations of the cult of Mithras known in Rome with an expert archaeological guide. Learn about one of the most important religions of the Roman era.

Specifications

Type:
Underground Tours in Rome
Departs From:
Rome
Meeting Point:
Piazza della Bocca della Verita
Duration:
2 hours
Availability:
Thursday and Saturday at 11:00 AM
Product Code:
9185
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Description

Mithraism was one of the most diffuse mystical religions in the Roman world, and many typical traditions of the Christian religion have derived inspiration from it (sufficient to think that on December 25th Christmas is celebrated, because this day represents the birth of Mithras).

The Mithraeum was discovered in the course of work undertaken in the 1930s for the creation of scenery storage for the National Opera Theater at the old Pantanella Pastry Factory, that the city of Rome bought in the 1920s to be a branch of the Roman museums.

This vast building is identified as one of the second century A.D., modified many times, and the ground floor was adapted to be a Mithraeum in the third century A.D.

A magnificent relief in white marble evokes the ceremony called Tauroctony, during which a bull is killed in the example of Mithras, with Cautes, Cautopates, Sol and Luna at his side, he raises his dagger against the sacrificial animal.

The Mithraeum of the Circus Maximus is one of the largest locations of the cult of Mithras known in Rome and it features five parallel but separate chambers with a central sanctuary paved in white marble, with two niches for statues of Caute and Cautopates, and a place of honor which would have held a statue of Mithras.

Includes

  • Expert archaeological guide

  • Entrance fee

Excludes

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Please Note

  • Children 10 years old and below are free of charge.

  • Rates for larger groups are available upon request. Please inquire.

  • Please be aware that this tour could be challenging for children under the age of 6 or those with mobility difficulties. Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access available.

  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes and a light jacket, as temperatures may be cooler.

  • Option to be picked-up from hotel is available upon request for an additional cost. Please inquire.

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): 46 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 16 to 45 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 15 days or less prior to date of activity.

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