Ruins of three Roman baths, among them the largest Roman baths north of the Alps.
Going to the baths was an important part of Roman life: Over 1600 years ago, the Romans built one of the grandest and most impressive baths in the world: the Imperial Baths. Today you can visit this gigantic bathing facility: go back in time to the Roman era, descend into the subterranean labyrinth and get a feel for history!
People bathed naked (not always separately), could engage in sports, sit in cold and hot baths, swim, get a massage, have the body hair removed by tweezers or wax, and be cleaned with the help of scrapers, pumice stone, or fermented urine. They could relax, gamble, do business, go to the hairdresser's, libraries, reciting rooms, or pubs.
When you enter the Imperial Baths (Kaiserthermen, fee) you will first come to the hot water bath (large enough for present-day theater and opera performances complete with stage, orchestra, and 650 seats).
The incoming cold water was heated in altogether six boiler rooms, four of which are visible in the 19m (62 ft) high ruins which later served as a part of the medieval city wall. The 40° C/104° F hot water was then conducted into the three semicircular pools for the bathers.
A hollow-floor heating system heated the pool floors as well as the rectangular central part of the vaulted hall. You can descend from here into the underground service tunnels and then continue to the cold water bath. The sports grounds are located outside the enclosed facilities.
The version in color you can see in the workshop.
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serp2000 (45072) 2012-11-11 7:47
Oh, yeahhh, we can see similar Roman baths in the different countries of Europa, Asia and Africa. Impressive heritage of the Romans. Good b&w composition, perfect sharpness. TFS!
danos (100894) 2012-11-11 8:14
nice presentation of this section of the ruins of the Roman baths,with the clarity of the scene to be very good.I like the well chosen POV as the excellent light and colour management of the shot.
baclama (18884) 2012-11-11 8:33
une tres belle contre-plongée et une symetrie pparfaite...
peut-etre des blancs un peu plus blancs auraient boosté un peu plus la photo?
smash2707 (3320) 2012-11-11 9:39
I love your POV. Great sharpness and nice compo. I would love to see this shot in colors to see the contrast between the walls and the sky. TFS.
PS: I visited Trier when I was a teenager and it really impressed me
yquem46 (38752) 2012-11-11 14:39
Very nice conversion to B&W
Very graphical image with these arches, those of the top from one corner to the other and the same for those at bottom
Razor sharp image with many details and nice definition
have a nice evening
Sonata11 (33969) 2012-11-11 16:59
wonderful composition of ancient architecture. Perfectly well done with an excellent management of light, perspective, sharpness, clarity. Beautiful POV and DOF is an excellent too. The B&W colors is perfect for this image. Thanks for sharing. Thank you.
jcpix (13930) 2012-11-11 18:07
The curves and angle of this photo almost makes it feel as if it's rotating. I like the choice of black & white, there's good contrast and strong lines created with this composition and the clouds seem to give depth. Very well done!
aliabazari (16234) 2012-11-11 19:00
En de kijkhoek en een zeer mooie en aantrekkelijke beelden. Rollen langs de lijnen van de hemel is erg mooi en in het oog springende. Zwart-wit is een uitstekende keuze. Er zijn goed mijn vriend.
raszid62 (18515) 2012-11-12 3:49
Great walls of the Roman Baths. So they look like a semicircular aqueduct. Was a good idea to convert photos to B&W. Colossal image quality.
mirosu (16273) 2012-11-12 5:35
Thanks for interesting introduction note. I like this B&W conversion. The view up is clever. The symmetrical composition composition is well chosen, with excellent combination of light and shadows and great depth. I like the cloudy white sky because it contrasts nicely with the grays in the photo. Bravo.
macjake (70519) 2012-11-13 8:31
I have to say...i enjoy both versions.
both have their own personal feel...the monochrome has a dated feel, more classic, and the colored version has alot of visual punch and pop to it.
lovely upwards POV from down below, effectively showing off the arches and curves.
- Copyright: Eric Van Dael (Eric_vd) (289)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2011-08-24
- Categories: Ruins
- Camera: Canon 5 D Mark II, Canon EF24-70mm f2.8L
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2012-11-11 6:42