The Great East Baths


About the Site

The bathhouse is composed of three main chambers with vaulted ceilings. The largest one stretches from the western side in a north-south direction. Additionally, during excavation work in 2017-2018 AD, a water pool was uncovered on the northern end of the bathhouse, extending into the hall on the northeastern side. This pool is encircled by porticoes supported by Corinthian-style columns, where various architectural elements such as columns, capitals, horizontal elements, and statues were found.

This is the largest landmark in the ancient city and the only major building from the Roman period to have been erected on the eastern bank of the wadi. It lies between the outlets of the two ancient bridges spanning the Chrysorhoas River. The baths were deliberately built close to the important Ain Qairawan spring.



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