Almost 2,000 years ago the Romans built a temple next to the river Thames in London, to one of their most mysterious cult figures, Mithras the bull-slayer. The temple has been restored and it is now open to the public – and this is the Bloomberg building.
Bloomberg’s European headquarters is located upon one of the richest archaeological sites in London. Located under an office block in central London, the Bloomberg space consists of three parts. The first is a contemporary art installation. This currently features a series of golden statues, designed by artist Daniel Silver. This installation comes under the name of ‘Human Activity’ these creations are designed to capture momentary postures and attitudes of the body in movement.
The second part features a selection of Roman artifacts, recovered from various digs that have taken place as the City of London has been redeveloped.
This includes what is thought to the world’s oldest IOU.
The third part is the most impressive. This museum beneath Bloomberg’s European Headquarters is intended to connect future generations to the ancient Roman history of London, and it contains a large, and relatively well-preserved temple – the London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE.
The ancient Roman Temple of Mithras, once stood in the center of Londinium – the settlement founded by the Romans on the banks of the River Thames nearly 2,000 years ago.
The temple has been restored to capture the mystery and intrigue of the Roman cult of Mithras. A large majority of the stones and bricks are original. The wood, render and lime mortar are new, but based on mortar samples from contemporary Roman London structures.
The exhibition is well-put together, with haze, light and the sound of footsteps, chanting and secret whispers, each of which blends together and helps to take the visitor into London CE 240.
There are iconic scenes of Mithras, showing the god being born from a rock, slaughtering a bull, and sharing a banquet with the god Sol (the Sun).