Barbara Baths

Trier, Germany

The Barbara Baths (Barbarathermen) are a large Roman bath complex designated as part of the Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St. Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Barbara Baths were built in the second century AD. The extensive ruins were used as a castle in the Middle Ages, then torn down and recycled as building material until the remains were used for constructing a Jesuit College in 1610.

Only the foundations and the subterranean service tunnels have survived, but the technical details of the sewer systems, the furnaces, the pools, and the heating system can be studied better than in the other two baths of Trier.

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Südallee 48, Trier, Germany
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Founded: 100-200 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Germany
Historical period: Germanic Tribes (Germany)

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Rio Jer (7 months ago)
Nice historical spot , not that much to see
B D (8 months ago)
Great place to passby and learn some things about Roman ingenuity and culture. Good descriptions and visualisations in form of a learning a path.
Ed Golda (9 months ago)
Take a long walk around Tier, it is a side location but still worth to see an ancient heritage.
Chris Waite (11 months ago)
The bath building itself was incomplete and in fact never seemed to have been completed at all. I arrived in my shorts with my swim goggles and towel expecting to jump into a warm pool of water heated by massive boilers stoked by slaves after a quick sauna of scraping the oil and dirt from myself. But what I got instead was what looked like a neglected construction site over run by vegetation and, what I can only speculate, was mismanagement and shoddy workmanship. I mean complete and utter lack of any discernable buildings, boilers, locker room (everyone was running around naked, as if that was the acceptable norm.) So all in all was a huge disappointment. Not recommended for anyone expecting water. Or structures. YMCA has better.
Adrianell Poteet Sorrels (2 years ago)
Interesting site. Great descriptions in English with pictures so you can see what they are talking about and picture what it used to look like. Looks like they need more funding to do more excavating and they could probably find more artifacts.
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