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The Large Bathhouse
an integral part of Roman culture. Enter
Masada’s Roman-style bathhouse via the
courtyard, which was surrounded by
columns. A model of the bathhouse
located in the courtyard shows its original
appearance and use. Enter the dressing
room (apoditerium), with its unique
paved floor and fresco-adorned walls.
During the revolt, benches made out of
column drums were installed in this room,
along with an immersion pool.
Moving into the tepid room (tepidarium)you will see remarkably preserved
frescoes. On the right is the cold room
(fridgedarium), a stepped pool. Continue
through the original arched entrance to
the hot room (caldarium). This room had
a double floor, known as a hypocaust. The
upper floor stood on brick and stone
columns. Hot air flowed under the floor
and rose through clay pipes embedded in
the walls. In one corner of the room, a
portion of the floor and wall has been
restored. Nearby was a bath to which hot
water was channeled. The room was
originally decorated with frescoes and
stucco reliefs and had a wide vaulted
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