Terme di Caracalla (1)

by Mikkal Noptek April. 02, 2012 3058 views

February 23, 2012

The red-brick ruins of the Baths of Caracalla are situated southeast of ancient Rome's center. The baths were enormous buildings, with huge frescoed vaults covering the large rooms. This huge 27 acre complex (11 hectares) housed bathing facilities with seats for more than 1600 people. At a time when Rome's crowded tenements had few sanitary facilities, the more than 50 baths in Imperial Rome played an important part in the lives of the Roman citizens.

The ritual of bathing was a long process, starting with a hot bath in the calidarium. Next up was the lukewarm tepidarium, followed by the cold frigidarium. Then followed a swim in the natatio, an open air swimming pool.

Neglection, looting and an earthquake turned this great architectural complex into ruins. But even these ruins impress visitors by its magnificence.

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Agnes Felber 9 years, 1 month ago

I will have to come back to these when I have a little more time, to savor all! Thanks for posting these, Mikkal!

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Finbarr 9 years, 1 month ago

Wonderful shots !!

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Chossid 9 years, 1 month ago

wonderful

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