Roman baths in Hisarya
Updated: Jan 25
It is no secret that Hisarya is famous for its unique and numerous hot mineral springs. So it was also in ancient times, when these same springs gushed in these same places.
The ancient Romans were well aware of the healing power of healing mineral springs, which is why not only Roman thermal baths (ancient Roman mineral baths) but also sanctuaries of their (at that time) healing gods grew up nearby.
The Roman baths in Hisarya are one of the few preserved authentic Roman baths in Europe.
They are almost completely preserved and definitely impress with their originality.
They are located in the "Momina Salza" park and are part of the Roman residential complex, which covers an area of over 3,000 square meters.
The baths were probably built in the second half of the 3rd century, and their original construction, together with the nymphaeum (sanctuary of the nymphs), dates from the middle of the 2nd century.
They were discovered in 1935.
The bathroom is built with mixed masonry, with walls from one to two meters thick.
The floor and walls were lined with white marble.
There were rooms for a hot and cold bath, a place to rest, two pools with dimensions of 15x5 meters and a depth of one and a half meters.
In special rooms, after bathing, therapeutic procedures were carried out - massages and anointing with fragrant oils.
A hypocaust heating system was built in the bathroom.
Ceramic pipes led the hot water under the marble slabs on the floor, and up, between the double walls, the hot steam was directed.
Now sit back in your soft chair and let me show you around these amazingly well-preserved bathrooms!
In 1976, with Decision of the Council of Ministers No. 199, the area surrounded by the fortress walls of the Roman city of Diocletianopol was declared a National Archaeological Reserve!
I wish you an exceptional and impressive walk!