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Virtual reconstruction of the swimming pool and portico.

The swimming pool, of which only fragments can be seen today, was built around the middle of the 1 st century A.C. It was rectangular in shape and although there is only 9.7 m of its length remaining it is thought to have originally measured 15.8 m. The only short section remaining, which gives us an idea of its size, ends in a lobular apse. There are three steps dowm to the swimming pool around the whole of its perimeter and the bottom of the pool was tiled with marble slabs part of which were removed and reused once the baths were closed at the beginning of the 4th century A.C. Three bases of columns and several supports are preserved from the portico that surrounded the swimming pool and which was probably between 5 and 6 metres high.

All around the swimming pool, in front of the column bases there was a marble board to prevent the water from spilling onto the portico, the floor of which was paved with marble slabs in the intercolumniation area.

The surface area of the room was larger than the present area and visitors can still see a small sample of the wall covering, the remains of a set of marble slabs, decorated with different motifs: geometrical figures, crossed shields, etc. The decoration of this room would have been completed with several sculptures.