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Dutch archaeologists have discovered a 2,000-year-old Roman temple complex in the Netherlands, according to the Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency.
These religious relics belonged to the Roman era of the Netherlands. These were the first real temple ruins found in the country. Part of the Netherlands was the northernmost territory of the Roman Empire.
Excavations were carried out in the village of Herwin-Hemelling in the east of the central province of Gelderland, near the border of the Netherlands with Germany.
Remains of statues of deities, reliefs and painted plaster products. Special are several votive stones dedicated to different gods and goddesses. This is a very unusual find, not only in the Netherlands, but also internationally.
According to the finds, Roman soldiers were constructing votive stones, which were a small altar. These stones were dedicated to Hercules Magusanus, a hybrid figure representing the Greco-Roman Hercules and the mythical hero Magusanus, who was worshiped by the Germanic tribes who lived in the area during the Roman era.
Other artifacts discovered – statues of the Roman gods Jupiter and Mercury and the Egyptian god Serapis.
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