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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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A Roman Temple in the Basement of a Mall - Very Atmospheric

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 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 27, 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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The Romans have left their mark at several places in Germany - some found and some definitely still hidden. The ruins of this temple were found while digging the foundation for a mall sometime in 2000, which has been named Roemer Passage (probably after having found the ruins?). The entrance to this underground part is from a shop like place... More 

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Bad Ems, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The temple of Isis and Mater Magna is located inside of a shopping mall. Entrance is free but donations are welcome. Around the ruins of the ancient roman temple there is a small exhibition of archeological findings. Great audio-visual parts as well - however, German language skills are here requiered. I really enjoyed my stay here! Certainly a place that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

If you are in Mainz you must visit this history of Old Mainz.Its preserved well below a shopping mall.They found it while excavating to build the shopping mall.They have a good audio and video presentation.This is inside the Roman Passage.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

I am proud of my hometown and love to show it off to my friends from the US. One of the more recent discoveries are artifacts dating back to Roman days. The site was discovered when an old after the war shopping center and the former site of Woolworth was rebuilt. Located below the new Roemer Passage is a small... More 

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Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Had to hang out in Mainz during a strike in the Frankfurt Airport and chose this museum as it was in the very centre of the city. Easy to access and with the english booklet also interesting to browse on your own, but if Udo is there he'll take you through the exhibition AND MORE! Never seen a guide so... More 

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