The Baths of Caracalla – the largest bath complex in the world

Rome has more to offer than the Forum, Colosseum or the Pantheon.
The Baths of Caracalla (Terme di Caracalla) opened during the reign of Emperor Caracalla, son of Septimius Severus.
The construction of the baths started in 217 AD, which was completed 5 years later and the baths were functional for more than 300 years.

The water supply came from the Aqua Marcia aqueduct, which was destroyed by Goths in 537 AD.

The Baths of Caracalla were more than just a simple bathing house. This was the place where Romans came to relax, gossip and socialize.
The baths could accommodate 1,600 bathers at a time.
The baths had libraries, art galleries, restaurants and gardens. The rich interior was amazing: frescoed vaults, massive rooms, marble seats, fountains, statues, mosaic covered walls and floors.

The ruins are enormous, breathtaking and well preserved with mosaics.
Although an earthquake and the negligence turned the Baths of Caracalla into ruins, it is still an amazing place to visit.
The ruins are surrounded by trees and grass, where you could relax after a long day.

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4 thoughts on “The Baths of Caracalla – the largest bath complex in the world

  1. The Baths of Caracalla are also a great place to see opera. As a student many years ago we booked tickets for a splendid Aida featuring real elephants, only to find that we were watching the attic of Bohême from the back of of a gigantic auditorium.

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