Roman Bath Complex at Nice-Cimiez - Nice, France
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member wildwoodke
N 43° 43.153 E 007° 16.535
32T E 361095 N 4842132
Quick Description: The Roman Bath Complex at Nice-Cimiez is the largest known in Gaul. Head to the community of Cimiez to see this complex and the archaeological museum, a great stop in Nice, France.
Location: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Date Posted: 8/31/2011 7:50:27 AM
Waymark Code: WMCF4P
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member manchanegra
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Long Description:
The Roman Bath Complex at Nice-Cimiez is the largest known in Gaul. First surveyed by Duval in 1943, the baths were excavated over the next 30 years by F. Benoit. During the Severan period the North or Magistrate's Bath was built, then expanded to include separate East (men's) and West (women's) bathing areas, the latter having large quantities of hair pins and earrings recovered from the drains. Bath areas identified for visitors include the cold bath (frigidarium), warm bath (tepidarium), sweat bath(laconicum), hot bath (caldarium), swimming pool (natatio), and court and exercise ground (palaestra).

These baths are located at a Greek stronghold that was founded on the Colline du Château at Nice in the 4th century BC by Phocaeans from Marseille. Nice originally had the Greek name Nikaia Polis, or the town of victory (from Nike, victory, and Polis for city). The northern suburb of Cimiez where considerable Roman remains are located was known as Cemenelum.

In the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC, Cemenelum was a base of the Vediantii, a Ligurian tribe. In 154 BC Romans helped Massiliotes defend both Nikaia and Antipolis (Antibes) from Ligurian attacks, after which Cemenelum became a Roman settlement along the Via Julia, a major Roman road. Favorably located, Cemenelum was chosen as the principal seat of the province of Alpes Maritimae by Augustus in 14 BC. Later, the Romans settled further inland, on the opposite side of the river Paillon. Remains of the town on the Hill of Cimiez date to the 3rd century AD, and are now part of the archaeological park at Nice-Cimiez.

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Most Relevant Historical Period: Roman Empire > 27 B.C.

Admission Fee: 0

Opening days/times:
Tuesday through Sunday 10 am to 6 pm


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Condition: Some remaining traces (ruins) or pieces

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