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2,000 Year-Old Roman Bath Discovered In Turkey To Be Open To Public

Ancient Roman bath known as ‘Basilica Therma,’ located in Central Anatolian Turkish province of Yozgat is expected to become tourist attraction in the next few years. The archeological site contains significant statues and Christian symbols from the early Roman period.

The team of researchers is still working at the excavation of 2000 year-old thermal bath, which  includes a semi-Olympic pool, as well as two other pools in Yozgat’s Sarıkaya district.


The local authority of Sarikaya claims the pools also contain thermal waters, which have healing properties for many disorders. The water inside the pool is 48 to 49 degrees Celcius and is significant as it is one of the two such existing structures.

Statues of various goddesses from Roman and Greek mythology dating back to second century AD have been unearthed during excavations. One of them serpent-like figure believed to be one of the snake goddesses associated with magic and healing.


Meanwhile, archaeologists have also discovered a large Baptismal font with a cross on it, indicating that the premise had also been used as a religious center. The explanations may be found in several Roman-era written documents  which were unearthed along with other artefacts.

According to Sarıkaya mayor Ömer Açıkel the excavation works which has been carried out for six years are about to be finalised and ancient bath will be opened as an archeological site for tourists as soon as possible.


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