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Museum of Badalona – Baths and Decumanus complex

Alveus or pool

Alveus or warm-water pool conserved in the caldarium hall of the baths of Baetulo. Photo by Lluís Andú, Museum of Badalona.

Alveus or warm-water pool conserved in the caldarium hall of the baths of Baetulo. Photo by Lluís Andú, Museum of Badalona.

Warm-water pool with a bench where users could rest their backs. The water was heated with a furnace or praefurnium attached to the pool which was always left on. The warm air from the furnace was conducted to a deposit or hipocaustum located under the alveus, so the water was heated by steam. Next to the pool, visitors can see a mosaic with dolphins that framed a cool-water fountain or labrum, which allowed users to cool off while they were in the caldarium.

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