Great Baths (closed to the public)


  • Location: Aquileia,
The Great Baths complex began to emerge in the early 20th century and is only partially understood; the University of Udine is studying it. The baths are believed to have extended over a full 2.5 hectares. So far, the areas uncovered include the hot baths, the cold baths and the palaestras/halls, part of whose lavish decorative mosaic floors are now on show at the National archaeological museum. An inscription tells us the great building’s name (the felicium thermarum Constantinianarum or Constantine baths), a reference to Constantine the Great, and dates it to the first half of the 4th century. The layout is similar to Constantine’s baths on the Quirinal hill in Rome, which probably acted as a model for this complex.