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The Baths of Centcelles

Detail of the hypocaust of the southern bathhouse in the Centcelles complex.

Detail of the hypocaust of the southern bathhouse in the Centcelles complex.

There were two bath facilities in Centcelles. The southern baths consisted of a hot room (caldarium) with two small pools and a cold room (frigidarium) with a swimming pool. The toilets were right next door. The air was heated by means of an oven on the west side and circulated under the floor through a chamber (hypocaustum), some of the supporting arches of which are still preserved. The western baths are larger and still conserve a part of the walls and the start of the roof. As in the previous case, the oven heated the hot rooms (caldarium and tepidarium) and their respective pools. The frigidarium, which was at the northernmost end of the complex, cannot be visited at present.

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