In recent days, researchers in the Netherlands have announced that they have discovered a Roman temple complex, some 2,000 years old. It is the first find of this type in the Netherlands.
The discovery took place in Herwen-Hemeling, near the Dutch-German border. As it turns out, the complex consisted of two temples that were in use from the 1st to the 4th century CE. In the larger temple, the remains of colourful walls have been preserved. In the complex area, numerous remains of idol statuettes, dishes and tiles with inscriptions were also found.
According to the researchers, the find is unusual in that such objects were usually destroyed to the ground or transformed into new structures later. In this case, the foundations of the structure and the altars on which Roman soldiers made sacrifices have been preserved. So far, inscriptions dedicated to Hercules, Jupiter-Serapis and Mercury have been noticed on the stones.