The Early Byzantine Baths


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N 42°39.56035', E 27°44.04437'

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The Thermae (Baths) were discovered during excavations in 1973 - 1975 and lately in 1998-2001. It is supposed that they were built in 6th century during the reign of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I the Great (527-565). Till date around 2/3 of the area has been investigated and the rest of it lies under the streets and houses nearby. There are five warm premises visible: two of them with semi-circled pools, a central hall and a corridor. The thermae were water supplied by a special water-conduit from the western side of the building. In the period 5th – 6th century a water supply underground system was constructed for the entire town. The two Byzantine chroniclers Theophanes the Confessor and Nikephoros I marked that in 680 the Byzantine Emperor Constantine IV Pogonat used to cure his legs here.