The bathhouse was photographed that day by the same photographer Click for a larger image Click for a larger image Translation of the text on the sign
Symbol of the Jewish National Fund Roman bathhouse
Emmaus is the Greek name of the city of Hamath, or Hamta, whose name is derived from the hot springs that flowed from it: "Emmaus, a source of beautiful water and a beautiful oasis" (Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7:15).
In Roman times the city was called Nicopolis, which became very famous for its baths.
In front of us is one of the bathhouses of the Roman Emmaus. The building has been beautifully preserved and parts of its walls and even its ceiling have remained intact. The bathhouse is made up of three rooms standing in a row: a cold room with a pool of cold water, a lukewarm room and a steam room (the warm room).
The floor of the warm room is built on low vaults. Hot air flowed from the kiln to the space below the warm room and from there through clay pipes that heated the walls. Another room was used for massage and bathing. Sculptures were placed in the niches found on the outside of the northern wall for decoration. cautiously! Do not enter the building for fear of collapsing.