Parks and Gardens: Inner City (Southbank)
Minerva's Shrine and Edgar's Field Park
Handbridge, Chester. CH4 7JE
Minerva's Shrine is a shrine to the Roman goddess Minerva in Edgar's Field, Handbridge. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building. The shrine dates from the early second 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, which 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.
Minerva was the Roman goddess of war, knowledge, and craftsmanship. She is often depicted with her attributes of helmet, shield, breastplate, and spear, but in this instance she is shown in a simplified form, standing in a representation of a temple.
Edgar's Field Park is a small park with children's play area.
Free Entry, Picnic Area.
No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.
Open at all times.
Advance booking is not required.
Located south of the city centre just over the Old Dee Bridge.
Chester railway station: 30 minutes walk.
Free parking available nearby.
Minerva's Shrine and Edgar's Field Park, Handbridge, Chester. CH4 7JE
Last Updated Wednesday 15 April 2020
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