Icovellauna is a Celtic goddess worshipped in Gaul; she was known as a healing deity. In what is now Metz, France she had a temple in the shape of an octagon, located over a healing spring, where pilgrims would descend by stair to the waters beneath.


Icovellauna received votive and dedicatory offerings from her worshippers; otherwise little is known of the specifics of her cult. She had a great temple, located over a spring, in what is now Metz, France.

The origin of Icovellauna’s name is uncertain. Some scholars have connected it to the Indo-European *iēk- or “heal”; others have attempted to tie it to Proto-Celtic terms for “water” such as *iska although this seems a less likely link. The second part of the name has been connected to the Proto-Celtic *walo or “chief,” suggesting a link between the goddess and civil or military authority.

Icovellauna was worshipped in the Moselle valley, around the border between modern France and Germany.

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Malzeville, France; Le Sablon, France; Metz, France; Trier, Germany