Byzantine baths of Taormina

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The so-called Byzantine Baths of Taormina are an archaeological area located just outside the city walls in front of the Church of San Pancrazio. Excavations carried out in 1990 revealed the remains of a building commonly known as the Baths. The identification with a thermal establishment is still doubtful, however, because some typical rooms, such as the burning rooms (praefurnia), have never been found. Instead, part of the cocciopesto floor is visible. The construction technique of the Byzantine Baths of Taormina, based on the use of lime and rubble and few bricks, is very different from that of other public buildings in Taormina. For this reason, a date later than the Middle Roman Empire has been assumed.

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