E.J.Wilkins

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√Čvora


Roman Baths

This was probably the most unexpected 'find' for us in √Čvora. We knew there were some Roman Baths, but couldn't really believe they were in the huge Town Hall.

We were a little embarrassed in case we had made a mistake so went cautiously into the building past a lot of people using internet terminals, approached the desk where we asked if we could see the Baths. We were directed round a corner and this is what we saw - the person is a painting by the way, to give an idea of scale.

It's quite difficult to get a good view because the viewing area is directly above the edge of the baths. A wide angle lens would be really useful somewhere like this.

Everything is remarkably well preserved, and here's why. - You can see signs of other building work and also wall decorations above the dark stonework that surrounds the bath. This is because there was a internal floor covering the bath, and a circular meeting room directly above.

The Baths were discovered during renovations - in 1994.
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√Čvora


Roman Baths

This was probably the most unexpected 'find' for us in √Čvora. We knew there were some Roman Baths, but couldn't really believe they were in the huge Town Hall.

We were a little embarrassed in case we had made a mistake so went cautiously into the building past a lot of people using internet terminals, approached the desk where we asked if we could see the Baths. We were directed round a corner and this is what we saw - the person is a painting by the way, to give an idea of scale.

It's quite difficult to get a good view because the viewing area is directly above the edge of the baths. A wide angle lens would be really useful somewhere like this.

Everything is remarkably well preserved, and here's why. - You can see signs of other building work and also wall decorations above the dark stonework that surrounds the bath. This is because there was a internal floor covering the bath, and a circular meeting room directly above.

The Baths were discovered during renovations - in 1994.
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comments (22)

  • Blackdog
  • suffering on dial up
  • 8 Feb 2008, 00:06
You certainly work hard for your culture - 7 years in Bath and I still haven't been to see our Roman Baths ;o) Shameful!
EJWilkins: Nah, it isn't hard work at all, when we're in Portugal we've got the time to visit places. Not the same at home somehow.
The truely incredible thing is that these things are discovered in 1994! A magnificent finding. The painting in the ground is very suggestive. I like the double presentation!
  • Martin
  • Houston, TX
  • 8 Feb 2008, 01:06
It is amazing what people discover in buildings. With hindsight is always seems that it should have been impossible to be unaware, but it happens all the time.
EJWilkins: You're absolutely right. Apparently nobody knew why the room was circular!
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 8 Feb 2008, 02:09
It really IS incredible that these baths were there all this time and were just discovered, Ellie. Lucky you to see them. And this "duplex" is perfect for the above and below.
EJWilkins: Not really good enough pictures for two separate ones, so this was the best option. Glad it worked.
Lucky, again, that they were protected from the weather just like the temple. I wonder waht else they might find in Evora?
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
  • 8 Feb 2008, 04:15
Amazing and so interesting!
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 8 Feb 2008, 04:21
Great shot thanks for the information
Very interesting
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 8 Feb 2008, 04:29
Very interesting!
I like the double presentation, Ellie. Great colour and texture, and fascinating text. (:o)
  • Richa
  • United States
  • 8 Feb 2008, 07:09
Interesting. Seems like you explored quite a bit.

What lens were using for this one?
EJWilkins: Without checking the pictures I'd say it was the 14-42, we were really close and the 40-150 wasn't any use in that situation, too long.
We always explore when we go to Portugal smile
This is very instructive stuff Ellie: thank you
  • Ann
  • Sucť sur Erdre - France
  • 8 Feb 2008, 08:13
What a surprising ceiling !!!
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 8 Feb 2008, 09:41
Amazing find, the person who dicovered it must have been gobsmacked. Nice captures and presentation Ellie.
EJWilkins: Err yes, imagine taking up a floor and finding that!
Lovely roof Ellie.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Feb 2008, 10:29
Tch Ellie, there is a naked woman in the bath and you didn't respect her privacy? Good for me.
Great combo picture
EJWilkins: grin Just for you Louis
  • Tracy
  • Hulme
  • 8 Feb 2008, 10:39
This is so interesting Ellie thanks for sharing the shot's and the information Wow, just amazingsmile
LOL at Louis.
  • mickyboy
  • North Yorkshire
  • 8 Feb 2008, 10:46
this is great. I love history. and this makes me wonder about how the romans did these things while the rest of us were still in md huts. great work again Ellie
EJWilkins: Ah, we weren't entirely in mud huts - remember, the winners write the history books wink
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 8 Feb 2008, 11:48
Ellie, your way of presenting is just stunning again, thank you so much for the information given with it. Just wondering...'why is it always the women that are naked, did not men take a bath in that time.......'
EJWilkins: Thanks Astrid. I've never really thought about it, but all the pictures I've seen of Roman Baths have been of men - in the water with their lower half covered by water wink
Very nice presentation Ellie. Thanks for the information.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 8 Feb 2008, 13:39
Oh this is very interesting and what a find!
  • Aksel
  • Norway
  • 8 Feb 2008, 21:04
Nice colours and an amazing story...discovered 1994
  • Noa
  • London
  • 8 Feb 2008, 23:55
That must have been an amazing find. Nicely captured as usual

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