Ruin sights in London
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A short way along Queen Victoria St, on the left, you’ll find the remains of the 3rd-century AD Temple of Mithras. This potentially fascinating site was uncovered in the 1950s during the construction of Bucklersbury House, an office block on Walbrook St. The entire site was moved to its current location shortly afterwards for display. There’s not a lot to see but if you’re interested in this Persian god, artefacts found in the temple are on display at the Museum of London. At the time of writing, the creation of Walbrook Square, an office and retail development, was underway, within which the remains are set to be displayed on their original site.
London’s roots lie in the walled Roman settlement of Londinium, established in AD 43 on the northern banks of the River Thames, roughly on the site of today’s City. Few traces of it survive outside museums, though you can see the relocated Temple of Mithras, built in AD 240, at the eastern end of Queen Victoria St in the City. Stretches of the Roman wall remain as foundations to a medieval wall outside Tower Hill tube station and in a few sections below Bastion Highwalk, next to the Museum of London.