Baths of Antoninus

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Baths of Antoninus
Antonine Baths.jpg
Ruins of the Baths of Antoninus
LocationCarthage, Tunisia
RegionNorth Africa
Coordinates36°51′16″N 10°20′06″E / 36.854321°N 10.335104°E / 36.854321; 10.335104
TypeThermae
Dimensions : Over 200 m on 100 m
History
BuilderAntoninus Pius
Founded145-162
Official nameArchaeological Site of Carthage
TypeCultural
Criteriaii, iii, vi
Designated1979 (3rd session), together with Carthage[1]
Reference no.37
RegionArab States
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The Baths of Antoninus or Baths of Carthage, located in Carthage, Tunisia, are the vastest set of Roman Thermae built on the African continent and one of three largest built in the Roman Empire. The baths are also the only remaining Thermae of Carthage that dates back to the Roman Empire's era. The baths were built during the reign of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius

The baths are at the South-East of the archaeological site, near the presidential Carthage Palace. The archaeological excavations started during the Second World War and concluded by the creation of an archaeological park for the monument. It is also one of the most important landmarks of Tunisia.

The baths are today part of the Archaeological site of Carthage on the list of World Heritage sites of UNESCO. The 17th February 2012, the Tunisian government proposes the Roman hydraulic complex Zaghouan-Carthage, that the baths are part of, as a future World Heritage site.[2]

Localisation and topographic[edit]

Map of the site of Carthage, the Baths of Antoninus are pointed by the number 14
A reconstruction of the baths floor's plan

References[edit]

Coordinates: 36°51′15″N 10°20′06″E / 36.8543°N 10.3351°E / 36.8543; 10.3351