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Virtual reconstruction of the Roman latrines.

Throughout the long life of these public baths (1st century B.C.- 4th century A.C.) they underwent different reforms which altered their appearance and have left one set of architectural remains on top of another within the same space.

From the earliest period, the 1st century B.C. the only remains left are part of a pavement made of baked clay rectangular bricks in a herringbone pattern.

The large public latrines were constructed at a later date and were in use until the end of the 1st  century B.C. The room was square in shape and had a capacity for some 29 persons; the line of benches with seats perforated in them was set against the wall and underneath there was a deep sewerage channel.

In front of the benches at the feet of the users a small channel provided clean water for ablutions or to rinse the sponges and cleaning utensils that they used for their personal hygiene.

Part of one of the side walls, with the benches on which the user sat has been reconstructed to give visitors a better idea of the system used.

These latrines were demolished around the middle of the 1st century A.C. and a pool surrounded by a portico was built on the site, for open-air swimming. The two column bases which are still preserved formed part of this portico.