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During the reconstruction of the city following the eartquake at the beginning of IInd century AD they had built also baths. The monumental ruins at the entrance are the vestiges. The greater part of these baths which consist of a frigidarium are in good condition. The palestra is in the east where physical exercises were made. This section measuring 36 m by 52 m has two large ha1ls one of which belonged to the notable personalities of the state and the other was reserved for ceremonies. Here was a large space where sportsmen made their exercies. The baths are constructed on the same plan as the Roman baths: a large space flanked by chambers, seconded by another rectangular space surrounded by chambers containing pools.

In these chambers containing pools were large windows opening on to the south. Today it is not possible to delineate this uncovered space. The top was covered with bricks and the interior was paved with marble. Today the chambers where people changed serve as museum. In the IInd century AD towards the Tripolis, close by the north port is another bath. The periphery of the caldarium has two rectangular pieces with double apse. The structure was transformed into a church at the end of Vth century. It seems that these baths were covered by vaults and the hal1s were paved with marbles.


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