The oldest bathhouses in Europe: Herculaneum

De lorem-ipsum tekst is ontstaan ergens rond het jaar 1500 en begint met de tekst: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum. Op deze tekst zijn echter allemaal diverse varianten geschreven die de eerste zin wel altijd bevat.

De teksten zijn een vorm van pseudo-Latijn: ze lijken op het eerste gezicht origineel Latijn te zijn, maar hebben in werkelijkheid volstrekt geen betekenis. De grap is dus dat het tekst is waar iedereen overheen kijkt maar wat werkelijk nergens op slaat. De tekst staat vol met spelfouten en verbasteringen. Dat is ook de reden waarom de teksten gebruikt worden door drukkers en zetters: de lezer wordt niet afgeleid door leesbare tekst en heeft alle focus op de vormgeving. Daarnaast heeft de loremipsum veel korte en lange woorden zodat het testen van lettertype’s makkelijk is. Op deze website kun je makkelijk deze voorbeeldtekst kopiëren en zelf maken. Veel plezier met deze tool!

The changing room is characterised by shelves where clothes were placed and seats along the walls. The floor depicts Triton, a marine divinity among dolphins, an octupus, a squid and a cupid with a whip. Detail: the mozaik in the women’s changing room is more detailled than the one in the men’s.

Verwarming met dank aan Vesuvius

The tepidarium is where the magic happened: this area was moderately heated and was the resting point between the hot and cool baths. Cool bathes were named frigidarium. After leaving their clothes in the apoditerium, or changing room, the Herculaneum people went to the swimming pool or the the gym. When they had finished doing physical exercises outside, they went back to the swimming pool or went into the room with hot baths called the caldarium. This was often near the laconicum, that is similar to Turkish baths: a room with extremely high temperatures. These rooms were heated, for hot air flowed from a boiler along the space under the raised floor and along spaces between the walls.

En natuurlijk ook een gym

Finally, after a relaxing and social get together, the Hercaluneum people would have a rest. For their relaxation, it is said that they used linen or woolen towels, soda instead of soap, perfumed oils and a strigil: a metallic curved blade for cleansing the body which was most likely covered in oils and sand as a result of intensive gymnastic excercise.

Just outside this spectacular sight, you will find a field where men and women could flex their muscles prior to their visit to the baths. A tradition that is still celebrated in gyms around the world: after your fitness, you relax at the spa.

Een bad in het midden

Inspired and intrigued by cultures from all over the world. By listening. Watching. Learning and wondering. Trying to select the best luxurious wellness worlwide. Because, if not us, who? And if not now, when?