The Lower Level of the Antonine Imperial Baths in Carthage, Tunisia

Built in about 157-161 AD, the Antonine Imperial Baths in Carthage, Tunisia were the largest public baths in Rome’s African provinces and the third largest public baths in the Roman world.  The baths themselves were on the upper level, but the lower levels (the hypocaust) contained furnaces that warmed the floors and walls above.  After the Islamic Conquest of Carthage in the seventh century AD, the baths fell into disuse and the main floor collapsed.  Much of the stone was removed and used as building material for other structures.

The Hypocaust

The Hypocaust

SOURCE:  The Hypocaust (Carthage, Tunis Governorate, Tunisia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 07 August 2011.

Arches in the Hypocaust - 1

Arches in the Hypocaust – 1

SOURCE:  Arches in the Hypocaust – 1 (Carthage, Tunis Governorate, Tunisia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 07 August 2011.

View to the Sea in the Hypocaust

View to the Sea in the Hypocaust

SOURCE:  View to the Sea in the Hypocaust (Carthage, Tunis Governorate, Tunisia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 07 August 2011.

Arches in the Hypocaust - 2

Arches in the Hypocaust – 2

SOURCE:  Arches in the Hypocaust – 2 (Carthage, Tunis Governorate, Tunisia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 07 August 2011.

Copyright © 2011 by Stephen J. Danko

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One Response to The Lower Level of the Antonine Imperial Baths in Carthage, Tunisia

  1. Joan says:

    In awe. Speechless. Thank you.

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