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The most impressive part of the Early Byzantine thermae is the large central hall, supported by four massive marble columns, crowned with Corinthian capitals.
© Nessebar Municipality

Byzantine Baths (Thermae)

Below ground level, just behind the Saint Spas Church, the partly excavated remains of a 6th-century Byzantine bath complex is an absolute must-see for any traveller.

During ancient times, baths were not just places to wash. These were important places for social gathering, a multitude of interactions, and even festive events.

The thermae in Nessebar were constructed during the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian the Great (6th century)—and he spared no expense. These imposing baths were visited by other Byzantine emperors after, during the times when their empire was the world's most powerful.

For any amateur historian with a desire to see where the ancient royalty went for their spa retreats, this is a perfect opportunity.

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Byzantine Baths (Thermae)