TERME DELL’INDIRIZZO – CATANIA

 
Canali delle terme

Roman thermal complex, considered to have been built in the late imperial age, located in Piazza Currò, in the heart of the old fish market or Pescheria, which takes its current name from the Carmelite convent of Santa Maria dell'Indunica, which incorporated its structures. Of the building, which was almost certainly of public use next to the city's port facilities, ten rooms survive with their original roofing, including a magnificent octagonal hall with a domed roof; in the upper part of the walls there are arched windows, while below are niches. Below the usage level, which had to be higher than the current one, the ducts for the passage of warm air opened up. On the occasion of the explorations conducted in the eighteenth century, the Prince of Biscari found parts of lead pipes still embedded in the walls and brought them to his museum. The construction of the building is in cement work with vestments in lava stone blocks. As in the Amphitheater and the Theater, the bricks are used in the arches and to correctly outline the horizontal levels of the walls.
Excavations conducted in recent decades have affected the area south of the building where structures related to the monastery were found.

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