Benwell Roman Temple, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

Benwell Roman Temple, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Photograph taken 24 January 2001 © Mr Bob Cottrell ARPS AFIAP DPAGB. Source Historic England Archive ref: 304438

This Temple of Antenociticus, a Roman god, was built in c180 AD. It was built after the construction of the nearby Roman fort (AD 122-4). It was destroyed by fire in AD 196 and was not reoccupied. When it was re-discovered in 1862 they also found the base and head of a statue. The head is now in the Museum of Antiquities in Newcastle. The two taller pillars (altars) are casts of the originals which are in the same Museum. This site is now in the care of English Heritage (2010).

Location

Tyne and Wear Newcastle upon Tyne

Period

Roman (43 - 409)

Tags

archaeology remains ruin temple worship religion faith roman (43 - 409) english heritage