Saturday, March 27, 2010

Trier #7 ...

... Imperial thermæ / Kaiserthermen ...
... The construction of the Imperial Baths started
under the Roman King Constantine at the end
of the 3rd century A.D. at the latest in Trier.
It was also the beginning of a changeable construction
history, which characterized the unfinished Imperial Baths.
Buildings with rich decorations, mural paintings and
valuable mosaics, following the North African example,
had been built until 316 A.D. The area of the Imperial
Baths was located at one of the main Roman roads,
called Decumanus Maximus. Similar to the Barbara Baths
there had been a Caldarium (warm bath), a Tepidarium
(warm air bath) and a Palaestra (gymnasium).
The Frigidarium (cold bath), which belonged to
the four parts of a Roman bath, had never been built.
In the middle of the 4th century A.D. at the latest,
the building measurements started again,
but they were not focused on finishing
the Roman Bath anymore.