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Tyre, City: Baths. Photo Jona Lendering. Tyre (Phoenician רצ, ṣūr, "rock"; Greek Τρος; Latin Tyrus): port in Phoenicia and one of the main cities in the eastern Mediterranean.

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Baths

The City Baths (thermae) of Tyre, close to the Mosaic Road, were built in the second century CE and rebuilt in the third. It was a pretty large complex, to which, as was common, a Palaestra was added.
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Tyre, City: Baths. Photo Jona Lendering.
Now the site of the bathhouse, on the island, close to the sea, was something of a problem for the ancient engineers. After all, the soil was somewhat humid from the nearby sea water. To solve this problem, the entire complex was raised by arcades. The well-known hypocaustum ("floor heating") was built on top of that. The building, with its cold, tepid, warm, and hot baths, must have been quite high.

A satellite photo can be seen here.


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Jona Lendering for
Livius.Org, 2012
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