Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Bath of Varius

The Bath of Varius was restored by Skolasticia and so this bath is also known later on as Bath of Skolasticia.
One of the few structures in Ephesus that you can enter and explore to your heart's content. I wonder if that is a wise move on the government's part. I am sure that the many tourists who come here and trample on these ruins would do more harm in the long run. I have only seen minimal clues of restoration, unlike in Acropolis where one can see that restoration is ongoing.
Here is what the Ephesus book had to say about the Bath:

The upper part of the bath, which formed a salon and had central heating, is ruined. There was a swimming pool, having a hot bath (caldarium), a warm bath (tepidarium), a cold bath (frigidarium) and a dressing room (apodyterium). Though the first builidng of this bath, which had three floors, belonged to the 2nd century, a woman named Skolasticia adapted it into the present condition, making it available to hundreds of people in the 4th century. There were not only public rooms, but also private rooms. Those who wished could stay for many days. The furnace and the large boiler of the heating system which provided heat and hot water for the salon, the rooms and for a very large bath were on the first floor.


So you are seeing the ruins of the 4th century spa. This is way too cool. Apparently this was a place where people congregate and talk about politics, etc while soaking their feet in warm water - their own version of foot spa.

14 comments:

  1. You have some great pictures of Greece, never knew Nike was a Goddess and I would not mind my feet in warm water talking politics....
    You must have had a fabulous vacation there.

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  2. wow...a 4th century spa. i wonder what it was like back then.

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  3. Great pictures! The last one is wonderful with the great reflection in water.

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  4. We owe it all to history. Great places you've been to.

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  5. Very informative and entertaining post, love the last shot too.

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  6. LOL at Astrid because you might not want to start talking politics with her. HA! :D But I totally agree about these fabulous pictures. I so much want to see these places with mine own eyes. Maybe one day.

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  7. What beautiful pictures and your heade is wondreful

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  8. interesting.

    oh and i like your new header pic. spain?

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  9. i love the last reflective foto! ^0^

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  10. Fourth century spa! I wonder if the place will be renamed again, depending on the person or group who will do the major restoration.

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  11. Another interesting sequence of wonderful images of Greece.

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  12. amazing when you think of the olden days when all they had were public baths because of the scarcity of water. How they brought water into these baths was quite ingenious at that time :) Nice pics.

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  13. I suppose the Greeks did it first, but the Romans did have a good take on baths, too. Nonetheless, thanks for the pics and showing me around the place.

    Thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo and leaving your comment. Come visit again. Have a fab weekend!

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