Roman baths in Gijon is a pleasant surprise in north coast of Spain. Surprisingly they are rather well treated by centuries went by.
They were found accidently one hundred year ago. Their location is very nice on eastern side of small peninsula.
By the way – one of the nicest peaches is just nearby in Gijon. A very nice city indeed!
And who we see here? Of course the ruler of the world himself – Octavian. Later on Augustus.
Nice 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).
A picture of Gijon in roman times. Probably fishing, farming, mining and commerce as main professions.
Model of the bath ruins now seen in Gijon.
Romans 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.
Nice overview of bath ruins. A nice museum is built over bath ruins protecting and covering it.
Here 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.
Some part of collapsed floor in middle of ruins.
More arches and tile piles supporting floor.
Yellow lights give nearly artistic view.
Some part of wall still exiting from roman times. Plaster layers covering walls have mice original colors.
Even nicer view inside hypocaust floors – several tile piles supporting floor panels.
And tile piles supporting arches from loads of bath takers.
Smoke and hot gas is led under floor to different spaces – rooms and pools.
This blue colored pool was probably once an hot bath – caldarium.
A very nice overview!
Burned clay pipe lines used to lead hot smoke gas inside walls into chimney.
And somebody had his final resting place in the corner of baths.
A 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.
A nice artifacts from site – a Roman columns part.
Probably tile pnales/slabs used to cover floor over arches and tile piles. But these are from times 2000 years ago.
A nice graph how bath houses worked.
But it is time to leave – city walls near bath and beach.