Roman Ruins For New Bloomberg Building

Bloomberg’s swanky new Norman Foster-designed European HQ in London is now officially open from its top to its very bottom with the unveiling this week of the Roman Temple of Mithras, which has been put back in its original site beneath the new building. The temple was discovered by chance in 1954 after being exposed by bomb damage and until recently had been ignominiously reconstructed on the roof of a nearby car park. Now the London Mithraeum is reinstated in a special subterranean chamber seven metres below street level. Here in ancient times the Walbrook River flowed through marshy ground and around 1800 years ago, the Romans built a temple to the young God Mithras, the bull slayer.

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