Photographer's Note

After a 3wk absence, I shall be sending you some photos of my exciting short stay in Rome.
We decided to skip the most famous sites to concentrate on the less crowded places.
At the Baths of Caracalla, my attention was drawn to the "pavement dentists" and to the way they did their restoration so meticulously.

The baths were likely built between 212 and 217AD during the reigns of Septimius Severus (146-193-211 AD)(He was the initiator) and of his son Caracalla (188-211-217 AD)
They were busy until the 5th century, when the daily number of users was estimated at 6000 to 8000 bathers.
In the 6th century, the Ostrogoths laid siege to Rome and severed the city's water supplies. Then, the baths were soon abandoned...
The earthquake of 847 destroyed much of the building...

WS3- A wider view of the two artists and the mosaics they are restoring so patiently.
WS2- A view of the pavement and of the famous tower of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, seen through an arch.
WS1- Impressive ruins and Ionic column with elegant "ram's horns".

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Additional Photos by MarieLouise Davies (maloutim) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1984 W: 337 N: 3483] (11663)
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