East Baths

     The structure covers approximately an area of 65x50 m on a hillock to the north of Syria Street, which extends eastward from the city centre. The flat area adjoining the East Baths on its west may be the East Agora; in this case, like the Central and South Baths, the East Baths is also connected with an agora. It was built with cut travertine blocks and faced with marble as inferred from clamp holes. It was covered with vaults, and halls were connected with each other via arches. The structure is accessed via five steps from the south and the east as per topography. In the east is the apodyterium (changing hall), a north-south hall divided with a row of piers along the axis, communicating with corridors (ambulacra) leading to bathing halls. Narrow frigidaria along the short sides of the apodyterium lead to bathing halls and to the west. In the west are five halls in the east-west direction. The central one is wider and was arranged as the caldarium (hot hall) flanked with tepidarium (lukewarm hall) and frigidarium (cold hall). This plan type is called central layout.
      Construction features indicate Roman Imperial period (2nd c. AD).


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