Roman baths in Gijon

Roman baths in Gijon is a pleasant surprise in north coast of Spain. Surprisingly they are rather well treated by centuries went by.

dsc02364They were found accidently one hundred year ago. Their location is very nice on eastern side of small peninsula.

dsc02695By the way – one of the nicest peaches is just nearby in Gijon. A very nice city indeed!

dsc02361And who we see here? Of course the ruler of the world himself – Octavian. Later on Augustus.

dsc02382Nice model of Roman baths in Gijon. In Roman baths there were three different baths – the caldarium (hot bath), tepidarium (warm bath), and frigidarium (cold bath).

dsc02380A picture of Gijon in roman times. Probably fishing, farming, mining and commerce as main professions.

dsc02386Model of the bath ruins now seen in Gijon.

dsc02393Romans used hot smoke/air to warm floors and walls. Therefore they build hollow structures were there was space for hot gas/smoke to proceed under floors to warm it until it got to chimney. Here some nice arches which were used to support floor.

dsc02412Nice overview of bath ruins. A nice museum is built over bath ruins protecting and covering it.

dsc02418Here a model of “hypocaust”. A nice example how romans built floors that could be kept warm. Lot of tile columns which are covered with small slabs. Some layer of concrete or plaster and floor is ready.

dsc02416Some part of collapsed floor in middle of ruins.

dsc02425More arches and tile piles supporting floor.

dsc02431Yellow lights give nearly artistic view.

dsc02429Some part of wall still exiting from roman times. Plaster layers covering walls have mice original colors.

dsc02434Even nicer view inside hypocaust floors – several tile piles supporting floor panels.

dsc02438And tile piles supporting arches from loads of bath takers.

dsc02443Smoke and hot gas is led under floor to different spaces – rooms and pools.

dsc02446This blue colored pool was probably once an hot bath – caldarium.

dsc02445A very nice overview!

dsc02399Burned clay pipe lines used to lead hot smoke gas inside walls into chimney.

dsc02427And somebody had his final resting place in the corner of baths.

dsc02403A nice model how baths worked. Outside of the building was a fireplace where timber logs were burned and hot smoke was conducted under floors and pools.

dsc02400A nice artifacts from site – a Roman columns part.

dsc02396Probably tile pnales/slabs used to cover floor over arches and tile piles. But these are from times 2000 years ago.

dsc02371A nice graph how bath houses worked.

dsc02448But it is time to leave – city walls near bath and beach.