Imperial Villa (known as the Terme di Baia), Baia: Tempio di Mercurio

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RIBApix ref no RIBA16970
Artist/PhotographerNatali, Giovanni Battista (d. 1765)
Subject Date1765
Image Date1765
Library ReferenceEW E.c.94
Colour / B&W Black and white
Credit RIBA Collections
Notes SOURCE: Paolo Antonio Paoli, Avanzi delle antichita esistenti a Pozzuoli Cuma e Baja (Naples: 1768), pl. 54 NOTES: The ruins of the Terme di Baia represent the remains of a Roman imperial palace (1st century BC-3rd century AD) where the so-called Tempio di Mercurio formed part of the baths. Its dome is thought to be the oldest example of a large-scale dome, pre-dating the Pantheon.

Subject tags

domes, ruins, archaeological sites, palaces, baths, Feature: Baths and Bath Houses