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Roman Therms

    The Pautalia therms are one of the most significant monuments from Roman times in Bulgaria. They are second in size after those in Odessos (present day Varna).

 

    The building – a public bath, which was built in 2 century, is part of a large complex called asclepion.

 

    Six premises supplied with a heating system (hypocaust) situated on an area of 1000 square meters have been researched and exhibited. The design of the asclepion (arcado) is a vaulted system of corridors and is the only one known so far in Bulgaria. It consists of parallel rows of arches, joined together by  semi-cylindrical vaults, built of bricks and is one of the most advanced and solid constructions. The halls floors and walls  were tiled with marble slabs. The revealed rooms were equipped with a heating system beneath the flooring on the ground floor.  Small clay tubes were used to heat the walls.

 

     In addition to sanitation and treatment needs, baths were also used as a place for meetings, talks, sports and more.

 

    The therms are a cultural monument of national significance.

 

    Address: 2 Stefan Karadzha Street, Kyustendil

 


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