In 240 AD, the Romans built a temple next to the river, in order to worship Mithras the bull-slayer, one of their most mysterioys cult figures. The eastern young god was generally worshipped in underground temples, by the light of torches.
The temple was discovered and identified as Mithraeum in 1954; although plans to demolish the site were abandoned, the temple was innacurately relocated and reconstructed in another location whereas other material was lost throughout the years.
Today, seven meters below the city of London, Mithraeum is resurrected from oblivion. Funded by Bloomberg Europe and designed by Lord Norman Foster, the uniquely restored and presented underground monument also incorporates a new daylit art gallery and an installation. More than 600 objects are also displayed on a huge glass case.
The case already seems to be a benchmark in cultural CSR (corporate social rensponsibility) and the way private companies can contribute to public life, heritage preservation and aesthetic awareness.