Roman bath in Thiafi Bay

  • The Roman bath in Thiafi Bay
    The Roman bath in Thiafi Bay

    Was this where the bath mentioned by Pausanias?

Roman baths or ancient industrial plant?

Aerial view of the Roman bath. (c) Tobias Schorr May 2016
Aerial view of the Roman bath. (c) Tobias Schorr May 2016

In the Thiafi Bay, where the Mofetta gas out, the forces of volcanism were used in ancient times. If you walk down the fieldstreet into the bay, there is an interesting archaeological excavation on the right in the terrace fields about 50 m before the beach. It could be a Roman bath or an alum extraction facility. Maybe there were even hot thermal springs here in ancient times? Older building remains were inserted into the building. For example, one has inserted one of the typical perforated stones that served as abutments for wine presses. At the top of the path there is a similarly worked rock on the right side between the olive trees.

Photos

The two stoves of the Roman bath. (c) Tobias Schorr
The two stoves of the Roman bath. (c) Tobias Schorr
View of the Roman bath shortly after its excavation. (c) Tobias Schorr
View of the Roman bath shortly after its excavation. (c) Tobias Schorr
View of the Roman bath shortly after its excavation. (c) Tobias Schorr
View of the Roman bath shortly after its excavation. (c) Tobias Schorr
One of the stoves of the Roman bath. (c) Tobias Schorr
One of the stoves of the Roman bath. (c) Tobias Schorr
One of the stoves of the Roman bath. (c) Tobias Schorr
One of the stoves of the Roman bath. (c) Tobias Schorr
Gewölbe eines Bads aus römischer Zeit. (c) Tobias Schorr
Gewölbe eines Bads aus römischer Zeit. (c) Tobias Schorr
Another vaulted building. (c) Tobias Schorr
Another vaulted building. (c) Tobias Schorr
View of the elongated vault. (c) Tobias Schorr
View of the elongated vault. (c) Tobias Schorr
View from the vault towards the bathroom. (c) Tobias Schorr
View from the vault towards the bathroom. (c) Tobias Schorr
Shards from the area surrounding the Roman bath. (I hope the archaeologists took these finds with them!). (c) Tobias Schorr
Shards from the area surrounding the Roman bath. (I hope the archaeologists took these finds with them!). (c) Tobias Schorr
A perforated brick, which is significantly older than the bathroom, was integrated into the walls of the bathroom. (c) Tobias Schorr
A perforated brick, which is significantly older than the bathroom, was integrated into the walls of the bathroom. (c) Tobias Schorr
The perforated stone at the top at the beginning of the route. (c) Tobias Schorr
The perforated stone at the top at the beginning of the route. (c) Tobias Schorr