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Temple of Isis & Mater Magna, Mainz

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Address: Roemerpassage 1, Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
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We visited this small excavation after wandering through town. You enter the exhibit on the ground floor, just inside the mall entrance. After descending the steps, you'll come... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 5, 2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We visited this small excavation after wandering through town. You enter the exhibit on the ground floor, just inside the mall entrance. After descending the steps, you'll come across a Roman excavation that was uncovered during construction. The exhibit also shows artifacts that were found. When we entered, one of the researchers/docents offered to provide us with a tour. His... More 

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Mainz, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

This place was discovered during construction work building this shopping mal. It suspended construction work for multiple months / years. It is nicely done and gives a good view into Mainz roman history. Worthwhile a visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Small square or excavated land under Römer Passage. I take friends that visit to the site so they can get an appreciation of the historical importance of Mainz but there isn't much there and while it's interesting it's always a quick visit. It would be nice if they had some English translations so the guests I bring can wander around... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

First of all, this is free to the public and well worth a visit if you are interested in Roman History. It does not take more than an hour and they have really done a nice job of presenting the artifacts and history. They also have a booklet for the English Language. The entrance is on the main floor of... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

A Roman temple to an Egyptian goddess sounds interesting enough to make it a place one should visit. The temple is in the basement of a shopping mall. Entrance is free, but one should make a donation. The people there were very helpful, but our lack of German made communication difficult. Nevertheless, the gentleman there was able to tell us... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This temple was discovered while creating a mall in the old city of Mainz. The temple does not take much time to visit maybe 15-30 minutes but it does show a side of the Romans, their spiritual life, which is not often highlighted. And, unusually, it was a temple for two different cults, that of the Egyptian goddess Isis and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Other reviews have described this temple quite adequately, which is well worth a visit. There is no shortage of people who speak English in Mainz. Why they persist in using German signs only at a world-class exhibit is beyond my comprehension. Either way, it's worth a trip. Particularly good for kids and the museum shy, as it's a quick in... More 

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Titusville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I am from Mainz, but only get to visit once a year. Somehow I missed this site, though I walk through the mall every time I visit home. I was stunned by the finds...it is amazing how much material and how many artifacts have been unearthed in the last 30 years there. It is beautifully excavated and artifacts are displayed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015 via mobile

These Roman Ruins were found when the mall was built and the decided to try to preserve the temple Remains and also the remains of a grave predating the time of the Romans. Exhibits all in German and free to the public (donations very welcome though!) A young lady who worked there followed us into the exhibit and generously volunteered... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Not so easy to find, but well worth the effort.The temple of Isis along with other remains of the Roman city of Moganticum (modern Mainz) lies a few metres beneath a shopping centre near the heart of the city. That a temple was erected to an Egyptian deity in a Roman settlement shows how foreign religions influenced the Roman world... More 

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