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Old February 25th, 2005, 12:24 PM   #1
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Southeast of ancient Rome's center are the red-brick ruins of the Baths of Caracalla. 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.
The complex was actually a multifunctional leisure center and also housed gymnasiums, libraries, gardens, art galleries, restaurants and even brothels. The Baths of Caracalla were known for its rich interior which featured marble seats, mosaic covered walls and floors as well as fountains and statues.
Construction of the Baths of Caracalla started in 212AD and was completed in 217AD. The complex was built during the reign of emperor Caracalla whose official name was Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, hence the original name of the baths, Thermae Antoninianae. The emperor was nicknamed Caracalla after a Gallic tunic he used to wear, but this name was never officially used.
Caracalla is infamous for killing his more popular brother Geta. He is also known for his decision to offer citizenship to all free inhabitants on the Roman Empire, mainly to increase the income from taxes.
The baths were enormous buildings, with huge frescoed vaults covering the large rooms. A complex water distribution system ensured a constant flow of water from the Aqua Marcia aqueduct. Below the main buildings were two levels, the upper one was used for services and heating the water, the lower one was used for water drainage. The baths were fully functional until 537AD when Goths destroyed the aqueduct, cutting off the water supply. Neglection, looting and an earthquake turned this great architectural complex into ruins. But even these ruins impress visitors by its magnificence. How would you rate the Baths of Caracalla?

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Old February 25th, 2005, 12:26 PM   #2
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Perfect 10

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Old February 25th, 2005, 01:58 PM   #3
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It's fixed. We allow destroyed buildings but not too much either.
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Old February 25th, 2005, 06:06 PM   #4
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so this is completely razed?
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Old February 25th, 2005, 11:11 PM   #5
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It's easy to see that the old Pennsylvannia Station in NYC took inspiration from this building.And both buildings have already gone
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Old February 26th, 2005, 05:54 AM   #6
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No the ruins are still magnificent. And it is not unlike other buildings, they know for sure what it looked like.
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Old February 27th, 2005, 02:53 AM   #7
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if it existed, it would be a 10/10
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Old February 27th, 2005, 03:18 AM   #8
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What do you mean, if it existed? It did and still does.
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Old February 27th, 2005, 04:30 PM   #9
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where are the pictures of the ruin then
7/10. It didnt stand the test of time well
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Old March 3rd, 2005, 03:45 PM   #10
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Old March 3rd, 2005, 10:46 PM   #11
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obviously 10/10
It makes the mouth water just thinking of the huge edifice and all the life that went on within it:














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Old March 4th, 2005, 10:50 AM   #12
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Old March 4th, 2005, 11:44 AM   #13
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10/10 faboulose!!
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Old March 5th, 2005, 06:41 PM   #14
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10/10
will it be renovated?
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Old March 8th, 2005, 07:43 PM   #15
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Old May 23rd, 2005, 08:58 PM   #16
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Old May 25th, 2005, 04:54 AM   #17
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one of more fantastics works of the ancient enginieering and a great build of the roman people 10/10
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Old May 25th, 2005, 09:21 AM   #18
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Superb, It's so beautiful. It is a pity that this building is gone. 9.5/10.
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Old December 26th, 2005, 09:40 AM   #19
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Old December 26th, 2005, 09:52 AM   #20
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