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Mitreo, Santa Maria Capua Vetere
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  • Returning from Caserta we decided to move to see the archeological site of Santa Maria. Aside from the general chaos that is for urban roads (but maybe it's me that there are used) the greatest disappointment was finding the mithraeum (which is one of the most important in the world) closed. A sign said that visits could be made up to one hour before sunset ", then in October at 17.00 was unable to visit him. Too bad. These places should be exploited better.
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  • I think it's the only works in the world named after and dedicated to the god Mithras. Is an unknown work as well with the inhabitants of Santa Maria Capua Vetere let alone tourists
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  • I have to say about this worship and this deity was altogether ignorant. is just a few metres from the Amphitheater, the entrance is outside in the Amphitheater. go for it!
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  • The mithraeum, found by chance in 1922, dates back to the late 2nd century AD and was the place of worship consecrated to the god Mithras, ancient goddess of Persian origin. the archaeological site is attached to the Ancient Capua archaeological museum located nearby. In order to access it you have to go to the Museum and ask that you open the mithraeum. Absolutely to visit as there are beautiful murals depicting the god Mithras and a starry sky. It is not easy to figure out where is the site. I have taken the position exactly outside the entrance. The visit is possible by paying the ticket of euro 2.50 which includes:-Anfiteatro Campano (second only to the Coliseum); -Archaeological Museum Ancient Capua; -Mithraeum.
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  • Mithraeum, inside the chapel frescoed the monument, a shrine dedicated to the worship of Mithras, ancient goddess of Persian origin, is one of the greatest examples among the rare mithraic shrines with painted decoration. The main hall has a floor in Opus signinum with marble fragments placed and is covered by a barrel vault; the long sides are placed against the counters in construction workers (praesepia) with the inclined plane towards the wall with small pools and pits for purifying ablutions, on which sat the initiates for worship ceremonies and they leaned the foods and lucerne. On the back wall, above the altar, painted a fresco depicting Mithras slaying the Bull. The scene takes place in front of the entrance of a cave, which stands out on a light background of the sky, in the presence of several characters; the Centre is represented the God that points to the left knee on the rump of the animal with the right leg backwards and pointing to the ground, while the left hand grabs the nose of the animal to immobilize her and hit her in the throat with the knife held in the right. The white Bull is portrayed in a grimace of pain and with legs bent. Mithras is depicted young, dressed with the colorful Oriental costume: below a red Phrygian cap with green and gold edging sprouting curly hair with broken strands, which encircled the face of God, partly incomplete, portrait in front position. On his shoulders is attached a red Cape with gold embroidery on the outside and light blue with seven Golden stars inside, which swells to create a starry sky with obvious allusion to the seven planets. A short tunic waist belt is worn over a tunic with long sleeves and anassiridi (trousers) red with green and gold borders. From the wound of the bull blood trickles that Gush out dogs to lick, while a Scorpion stings moribund animal testicles and a long snake crawls under her belly for sucking blood. To the sides are two firemen (dadophoroi) dressed in Phrygian robe and armed with bow and arrows. At the bottom left of the cave depicts the bearded head of ocean, land on the right with greenish hair symbolizing the vegetation; high up in the sky are left in the Sun, with red Cape and Crown of rays from which he starts a longer one to Mitra, and on the right the Moon, characterized by long-haired and sickle. On the bezel of the Eastern wall is depicted on a chariot to the Moon, dressed in a flowing white robe, holding the reins and makes with a whisk the two white and dark horses. On the side walls, at the entrance, are represented two other dadophoroi, always in Phrygian robe, holding torches and sacred twigs of Persian priests. On the facades of the podiums are depicted scenes of adept initiation, bared and accompanied by priests through various degrees of purification. On the south wall is finally fixed a marble relief, surrounded by red, with the representation of Cupid and psyche. This subject, a symbol of mystical love dear funeral representations present in early Christian religion, it is not commonly represented in mithraeums were erected, whereby it is believed be a subsequent reuse.
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  • Very important from a historical archaeological site, located in what was the ancient Capua (now Santa Maria Capua Vetere). Unique and big minus: it's hardly open, because the site is open only on request.
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  • Site of 2000 years ago on a pre-Christian and pre-Islamic cult with clear references to Christ, centuries before its appearance
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  • One of the few temples dedicated to the god Mithras. Known and visited by few ... To advertise and reassess NB ticket office at Anfiteatro Campano
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