Monday, April 7, 2014

Beit Shean- Part 2-the Bath House

The Bathhouse contained both hot and tepid bathing halls
 with a heating system - (hypocaust) shown here.
The ruins here are the largest bath house system found in Israel.
Built in the 4th century A.D.

Bath and personal care times found here.

The walls were coated with colored plaster.

The main structure opened on all sides onto rooms and exits.
The bath house was a place of socialization.

The floors were paved with mosaics and marble slabs. 

Toilets here had a running stream
 of water and sanitary system.
Water was brought here by a Roman aqueduct.
There were private and public facilities here.

The bath houses were very important places
 in the life of a Roman city.

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