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Carsten T. Rees

Kunstmuseum Basel

Carsten T. Rees

Mithraeum in Riegel

Riegel, Kaiserstuhl, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

April 5th 2012, 11:57 CEST

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© 2012 Carsten T. Rees, All Rights Reserved.

Caption

The nouns “culture” and “cult” share the same origin. They derive from the Latin „colere “ (colere, colui, cultum) – to worship, to till. In this panorama you can see the remnants of a place of cult.

This is the location of one of the few known Mithraeums north of the Alps. The Mithraism was a cult that was spread all over the Roman Empire by troops from the 1st to the 4th century AD. The Mithraeum was a place for initiation and ritual meal.

The Mithraism was actually quite a strong religion in terms of followers, making it the strongest rival of early Christianity.

Only few of the foundations were left on the site of the Mithraeum in Riegel near the “Kaiserstuhl”, since the building was entirely made from wood. But an altar for ritual sacrifices was found there, on which the typical inscription for the Mithras Cult could be read: “deo invicto” – to the invicible god. In the panorama you can see a replica of the altar.

Location

Europe / Germany

Lat: 48° 8' 59.78" N
Long: 11° 3' 3.32" E

Elevation: 181 m

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Equipment

Canon EOS 5D MKII, Canon 15mm, Nodal Ninja R1, DXO, PTGui Pro, Photoshop
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