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Beneath Colchester Castle are the remains of the 'Temple of the divine Claudius' (built 44AD). This is where the emperor of Rome, Claudius, was worshipped as a God. The Romans saw the temple as a symbol of their power and success. It became a main target of a rebellion led by Queen Boudica, when Colchester was attacked in AD 60 or 61. The towns' citizens barricaded themselves into the temple but after two days they were all killed when it was burnt down. It is estimated that up to 30,000 people may have been killed in Colchester. After the revolt was suppressed, the town and its temple was rebuilt.

7th Jan 2006 by Diane Earl

Geography, History

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