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    I had a day off today....so headed off to the roman sulphur baths, i had tried to get here before and got horribly lost and gave up! (they only have a small rough track leading to them)
    Anyway, the site is 1st century BC and it is rumoured that Julius Caesar cured a skin complaint in these very baths when he was Governor of southern Spain in 60-63 BC.
    The romans built an arched bathing complex of which 4 chambers still exist. you can see evidence that the site was much larger from drainage channels etc.
    The baths are fed by springs which originate in the huge limestone ridge of the Sierra Utrera.

    Anyway...on with the photos of 'Los Banos La Hedionda'

    One of the 2 ways in



    Inside the baths


    As you can see, the people from the local village still like to have a dip.....it does smell of rotten eggs though!!








    The stream is green with Sulphur



    Also nearby is this originally Roman built aquaduct, the roman building is still visible although it was rebuilt by the Moors during their occupation of Spain. (and i think some more recent repairs as well)





    The site is badly maintained and neglected, and there is talk of a luxury spa hotel being built here, but the graffiti around clearly warns against this!
    Last edited by losttom; 22nd Aug 08 at 18:17.

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    That last pic looks almost phallic :)

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    HEHE...didnt notice that

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    Interesting place :)

    not sure about swimming in a rotten egg smelling place though


    i too had a chortle at the last piccy

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    Fantastic! Love anything to do with the Ancient Romans. I really like the look of the structure inside the chambers. And I won't even MENTION the last pic...being a lady and all.
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    I just think its amazing that this has been here for 2000 yrs...and is still used!
    It will be such a shame if the plans for the spa hotel go ahead....2 thousand years of history sold to the highest bidder!!
    My fault for the positioning of the camera on the last photo.. hehe....i didnt realise until it was pointed out!!
    I will put on the other photos of the deserted village around (hopefully tomorrow) and i think i have the photos of the worst bath ever in a house...its not nice!

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    As promised....photo of very old house near the baths



    ...and that bathroom........

    And yes...they are turds on the floor!!


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    Deary me.

    And I thought I left bad tide marks in the bath!

    The Roman brickwork and engineering is great. I can't believe it is still standing never mind being used. Thanks for posting this. :)

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    Great man. The Romans are one of my favourite subjects. This is incredible that it still is so intact.

    I a curious though, what effect does Sulphur have? I know of some old sulphur mines and they are very acidic and cause things to rot, is it really safe to bath in?

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    Its supposed to be very good for the skin....lots of locals were rubbing the mud from the banks of the stream all over themselves then washing it off in the streams!!
    Did smell nasty though so i didnt endulge

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