Baths of Diocletian (cmrs)
Baths of Caracalla
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The Baths of Diocletian, built by the Emperors Maximian and Diocletian in 298, were dedicated in 306. They were the largest and most sumptuous of the imperial baths and remained in use until the aqueducts that fed them were cut by the Goths in 537. They were capable of accommodating 3,000 bathers. The baths were built by forced Christian labor, Michelangelo was commissioned to to create a church honoring their sacrifice. The task was finished by Vanvitelli in 1749 with the reconstruction of the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli which occupies the frigidarium. The baths were similar in size and plan to those of Caracalla and oriented to the southwest so that solar energy heated the caldarium without affecting the frigidarium. They are well preserved because various parts later were converted to ecclesiastical use.
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