The Baths of Caracalla (Terme di Caracalla) were built in the 3rd Century BCE by the Emperor Caracalla, and they operated for ... More
The Baths of Caracalla
The Baths of Caracalla (Terme di Caracalla) were built in the 3rd Century BCE by the Emperor Caracalla, and they operated for about two hundred years, before the barbarian invasions and the subsequent interruption in the water supply. The area was abandoned for a certain time, and then in 1400 the first excavations began, uncovering works that can be found in Palazzo Farnese and the Vatican Museums. As well as the ruins of the baths, there are the remains of a temple dedicated to the god Mithra, conserving the benches used for the mystic meals taken by the followers, the floor in white mosaic with black strips, and the hollow where the blood pouring down from the sacrifices collected. In August, the baths provide the backdrop for opera performances.
as the earlier review states, an under visited place as it takes a bit more of an effort across a busy road etc!
worth making the effort though as i thouroughly enjoyed it and will take my visitors there, mind you, maybe we should keep the secret ourselves!!!
Most people visiting Rome, do the "Ceasar Shuffle" as Rick Steves's puts it, first to the Coloseo (Coloseum), The Forum and Palatine Hill. Some venture over to Circus Maximus, but it is a truly sad that few venture just a little further to see this site.
The day we were here there were 10 people at the site (compared to several thousand at the coloseo.)
The baths were built in around the 79 AD, and were in use for several hundred years until the barbarians cut off the aquaducts to Rome. The baths fell into disrepair, and were eventually abandoned and burried under the layers of the centuries.
Many of the artworks were moved to the National Museum of Archeology in Naples, so if you are interested in this site it is recommended to include Naples in your list of places to go so that you can see some of the artworks that once adorned this building.
The thing that was the most amazing about this site was that unlike most of the other historical sites in Italy, this site still contains many of the architecural features of the original building. There are original mossiac floors and moldings that once adorned the building.
Tip buy the guide book for the 6.00 EU to fully appreciate this site, and pack a lunch and sit and enjoy the site!
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