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Minerva's Shrine

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Archeological site
Location type: Archeological site
Location address: United Kingdom, Cheshire West and Chester
Number of texts: 1
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Minerva’s Shrine, Chester, is a shrine to the Roman goddess Minerva in Edgar’s Field, Handbridge, Chester, England. It is designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building. The shrine dates from the early 2nd century and is carved into the face of a sandstone quarry. It is the only monument of its kind in Western Europe that remains in its original location. It is protected by a 19th-century stone surround with a hood and it was refurbished in the late 20th century. The carving has weathered over the centuries and has also been damaged by human activity. Next to the shrine is an opening into the rock face which is possibly a natural fissure that has been enlarged and which is known as ‘Edgar’s Cave’.

Linked themes: History, Archeology, Geography

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