Venta Silurum (Caerwent) Temple 2

Temple Or Shrine

This octagonal temple lies in a temenos outside the town walls, just to the north of the east gate. The exterior “portico” wall was about 1½ feet thick and c.66 feet across, the diameter of the cella about 53 feet. The temple possibly faced east. Although it is though to be a temple it could have been a monumental tomb.

The Discovery of the Temple

To the east of the eastern walls of Caerwent are the Burton Homes, underneath which were found an octagonal Roman structure. During the building of the homes in 1912 workmen found a length of Roman wall.  Excavation revealed an octagonal building surrounded by a circular wall.

Plan of Venta Silurum (Caerwent) Temple 2

Venta Silurum (Caerwent) Temple 2