Durrës Roman Baths

Durrës, Albania

The Roman baths of Durrës, dating back to the first century AD, were discovered in the 1960s, during the excavations that also revealed more of the amphitheatre. The ruins are situated just off the big square at the back of the Alexsander Moisiu Theatre, and entrance is free. The pool, 7 metres long by 5 metres wide, was heated by a hypocaust, a form of early central heating used in Roman baths across the empire. Naturally, the furnace that heated the pool was expensive and labour-intensive to run, and so the presence of the baths in Durrës indicates that it was a settlement of some considerable wealth.

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