Wednesday, 4 February 2015


The ruins of Gallo-Roman thermal baths, now referred to as the Thermes de Cluny, were built at the beginning of the 3rd century by the Romans.  The photograph was taken in what remains of the frigidarium - the cold pool which was the last of the three pools which were to be found in most Roman baths, the others being the caldarium and the tepidarium.

It is believed that as these ruins which are found in the Musee de Cluny are in the 5th arrondissement, the baths were beyond the city walls and therefore vulnerable to attack.  In fact it is believed that the baths were destroyed by roving barbarians at the end of the 3rd century.

Are we to assume they had an aversion to bathing?


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