Maiden Castle

Maiden Castle Roman Temple

Quick Facts

Romano-Celtic Temple on to of Maiden Castle Hillfort

Romano-Celtic Temple on top of Maiden Castle Hillfort

Where

Dorchester, Dorset

Map & Website

When

  • A Romano-Celtic temple built in the late 4th century at the top of the abandoned Iron Age hillfort of Maiden Castle. It was built over an Iron Age hut.
  • A statue of Minerva was discovered at the temple, along with many coins and statues.
  • Several hundred people lived inside the hillfort when the Romans invaded Britain.

What Remains

  • Outlines of the stone foundation walls of the central room and the ambulatory that surrounded it.
  • Beside the temple are the foundation outlines of a two-room building that may have been a priest’s house.
  • Maiden Castle is the largest and most complex of Iron Age hillforts in Europe and its impressive remains include massive ramparts surrounding an area the size of 50 football pitches.
Ramparts of Maiden Castle Iron Age Hillfort

Ramparts of Maiden Castle Iron Age Hillfort

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