5 Most Beautiful Historic Bathhouses
The presence of an individual bathroom does not negate the need for public bathhouses. We chose six most beautiful historic bathhouses, where physical cleansing is accompanied by aesthetic pleasure. These bathhouses from different countries will admire you.
5 Worlds Most Beautiful Historic Bathhouses
Gellert Baths in Budapest
Hammam Chamberlain -Touch in Istanbul
Turks liked the hot steam not less than the Romans. They have developed their own special type of baths – the hammam, which spread everywhere in the Islamic world. Only in Istanbul five hammams of XVI century remained; two of them, Hürrem Sultan Aya Sofia and Cemberlitas, were built by the main architect of the Ottoman Empire, Mimar Sinan. The both hammams were built on Sultan wives’ orders and both of them were built almost entirely of marble.
Roman Baths in Bath
Hot springs on the site were found by Celts, but a true bath complex was built by the Romans, who seized Britain in I century AD. After the fall of the Roman Empire Bathonian baths also fell into disrepair. In the XVIII century an architect John Wood built a new building in the Palladian style on the old foundation. It has survived to the present day, as well as the original Roman pools, but turned into a museum: the water from the pipes, which are two thousand years old, is recognized as dangerous. You can take bath in the nearby modern Thermae Bath Spa complex on the project of Nicholas Grimshaw.
Thermes des Dômes in Vichy
Like almost everywhere in Europe, the first baths were built here by the Romans, but Vichy became a fashionable resort in the XVII century. In 1903 a large thermal spa designed by Charles Le Coeur (concurrently with his own Opera and drinking pavilion) was opened. The architecture of the building includes eastern elements, the interior in the style of Art Nouveau, decorated with paintings by French artist-symbolist Alphonse Osbera.
Friedrichsbad Baths in Baden-Baden
Romans opened hot springs in the Black Forest and established in their place several cities, in particular, Akwa Aurelius, which later was renamed in German style in Baden-Baden (Baden – “baths”). Roman Baths remained only in ruins. The real attraction of the city is much younger. It is the neo-Renaissance palace Friedrichsbad, built by the Grand Duke Friedrich I of Baden in 1877. Mark Twain said that after twenty minutes spent in these baths, you can forget about the whole world.
Gellert Baths in Budapest
Construction of public baths here began under the Roman Empire, continued under the Ottoman Empire (Turkish baths, some of them are still working), but especially flourished in the XIX century . The most original baths were opened in 1918.