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|Description ||Minerva Shrine, Chester
Grid Reference SJ406657
Date Visited Sunday 9th April 2000
This shrine to the Roman goddess, Minerva, is the only one of its type still in the same place as it was when constructed by the Romans, some 2000 years ago. Carved into the rock of a quarry, the shrine is situated in what is now Edgar's Field, not far from the Old Dee Bridge, being placed right next to the River Dee. The shrine is within 10 minutes walk from the main shopping areas of Chester.
We did not find it particularly impressive to behold, but the interest is that this small feature remains in the middle of a city! The image is somewhat defaced by the hands of time, but with help from the faded information board to its left, something can be made of the crumbled, discoloured rock. The surrounding pieces of stone have been placed there to help offset further weathering, and the bottom right is supported by some brickwork.|
|There is a plaster cast copy in the Grosvenor Museum 10 mins walk away. Even in the time I have known the shrine it has got worst. I think the pollution is corroding the soft cheshire sandstone. Also there has been a bit of vandalism. The opening to the right is known as edgars cave. The shrine was on the Roman Road into the city crossing the Ford. Offerings were placed on the focus for a safe crossing of the river into the City.|
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