| The bathhouses of Baiae were filled with warm mineral water directed to its pools from underground sulfur springs.|
Roman engineers constructed a complex system of chambers that channeled underground heat into facilities that acted as saunas.
|'Rome’s Sunken Secrets' follows a series of dives involving historians and scientists from across the world. They revealed vast villas, priceless statues and breathtaking mosaics, as well as heated spas, cobbled streets and even a nymphaeum – a grotto of pleasure. |
The chambers of volcanic molten rock that lay beneath Baiae, providing the hot water that served the spas, were eventually its undoing. The chambers emptied as the lava found a way to escape, causing the resort to sink beneath the waves.