Photos of the Baths of Caracalla

The pleasure of bathing

Les thermes de CaracallaVisite des thermes de CaracallaLes ruines des thermes bien conservéesPierres des thermes utilisées par Paul IIIConstruction des thermes de CaracallaRuines des thermes de CaracallaVue générale sur les ruines des thermesParcours aménagé pour la visite des thermesRuines imposantes des thermesVisite des ruines des thermesLes thermes, au pied de la colline de l'AventinBancs pour contempler les ruinesColonnes éparses dans le parc des thermes

Located at the foot of the Aventine hill, in the South of Rome, close to the Circus Maximus, the Baths of Caracalla were among the largest and richest thermal establishments of the Roman Empire: they could accommodate up to 1600 people. Inaugurated by Caracalla in 217, this complex was not limited to a simple bathing establishment but also included sports areas (palestres), libraries, doctors… The Baths of Caracalla were a real place of pleasure, but also of meeting and business.

Today, there are only a few elements left to remind us of the incredible richness of these baths. The ruins can be visited every day and, when it rains, a special atmosphere surrounds them, that of a once lively place whose grandeur and importance in the life of the Romans can still be perceived today.

The visit to the Baths of Caracalla was made on April 27, 2010.

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The Baths of Caracalla

Credits : Anna Maria Zandara

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Construction des thermes de Caracalla

Commencés en 206 et inaugurés en 217 par Caracalla, les thermes des Sévère s’efforçaient de perpétuer la préoccupation de Trajan d’améliorer l’hygiène tout en satisfaisant aux besoins et aux plaisirs d’une classe de rentiers. Ces thermes grandioses pouvaient accueillir jusqu’à 1600 personnes.

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