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Baths of Cluny: photo description (Thermes de Cluny)

In the Latin quarter remains one of the most ancient ruins of Paris - Thermae of Cluny. This bath is still Gallo-Roman era, reminiscent of the days when Rome owned half the world. I believe that the baths built in the early III century.

In ancient Rome baths were arranged as the centers of community life. They were public and free. It is assumed that the Baths of Cluny was built by the powerful Guild of boatmen of Lutetia, but direct evidence is not. What is known is that they were part of the Palace of the Governor of Gaul, Constantius Chlorus.

Now you can see about a third of the former thermal baths. Better than other areas remained the spacious frigidarium - a room with cool air, where you can relax from the heat bath. The vaulting of the frigidarium - brick, up to 14 meters. Here you can see arches and columns, as well as the remains of wall paintings and mosaics. On the West side lie the remains of the baths hall-termitaria, where there was a bath. The water here flowed through the aqueduct from the southern outskirts of Lutetia. In the ruins, archaeologists also found a fragment of a fifteen metre sewer pipe - the Romans are very serious about health standards.

The Thermae were built on the left Bank of the Seine, they were not covered by the fortifications of the île de La Cité. At the end of the III century, during one of the raids of barbarian tribes, the Thermae were destroyed. Much later, in the XIII century on this place (and partially surviving Roman foundations) to build a monastery of the order of Cluny. At the end of the XV century the Abbot Jacques Embassy attached to the buildings of the monastery mansion. During the revolution expelled the monks, the monastery becomes the property of the state. Since 1832 there is a private Museum, later purchased by the owners of the government.

Today in the medieval mansion is the Museum of Cluny, the full name of which reads: the State Museum of the middle Ages - the baths and mansion of Cluny. Ancient terms, thus became part of a larger Museum. But they operate completely independently and are open to tourists. Here you can find a large collection of masonry of various periods excavated in the territory of Paris.