Hadrianic Baths

Restored Plan | State Plan


The large Hadrianic Bath complex, built across the west end of the South Agora, has been standing since antiquity. The Baths were massively constructed from large tufa-like blocks faced with marble veneer, and are composed of five great barrel-vaulted chambers, with an imposing colonnaded court in front. The baths, the forecourt, and the west stoa of the South Agora (which led into the complex) were richly decorated with sculpture. In the baths were found, for example, a statue of an Old Fisherman and a statue group of Achilles and Penthesilea, while from the forecourt and west stoa came several important Late Antique figures, including the portraits of Valentinian II and two imperial magistrates now in the Istanbul Archaeological Museum.