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Baths of Caracalla
- Baths of Caracalla
- Alt Name:
- Terme di Caracalla
- Ancient Rome
- 200AD - 299AD
- Via Appia Antica, Villa dei Quintili,
Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, Circus of Maxentius,
about Baths of Caracalla
The Baths of Caracalla (Terme di Caracalla in Italian) are an Ancient Roman public baths complex in Rome, the incredible remains of which are very well-preserved. It was the Emperor Septimius Severus who began building the Baths of Caracalla in 206 AD, but they are named after his son, the emperor Caracalla, who completed the works in 216 AD.
Comprised of a vast compound of red-brick buildings, the Baths of Caracalla would, like all Ancient Roman baths, have been used for a variety of social functions and could hold up to 1,600 people. As well as being where people gathered and bathed, the Baths of Caracalla would have had shops, libraries and galleries as well as other leisure facilities.
Used until they were destroyed by the Goths in the sixth century AD, they Baths of Caracalla were later exploited for their marble. Yet today the impressive remains of the Baths of Caracalla still offer a great insight into what would have been a social hub of the Ancient Roman world.
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Address: Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 52, Rome, Italy
The Baths of Caracalla are a 10 min. walk from Circo Massimo metro station (line B) and tram 3 stops nearby.
Open 9am-an hour before sunset (2pm on Mondays). Ticket €6, €3 reduced (combined with Villa dei Quintili and Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella)
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