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The Antonine Bath Complex is quite an unexpected find when you stumble upon them just 16km NorthEast of Tunis, Tunisia in Carthage. Carthage after being conquered by the Romans in the Third Punic War was left in desolation until it was rebuilt by Julius Caesar and rose to become the Third largest city in the Roman Empire. The Antonine Baths began construction under the reign of Hadrian and were completed by Antoninus Pius. They were not only the largest Roman Thermae built in Africa, but also one of the largest in the Roman Empire.
The baths were build directly on the Coast not far from Ports into Carthage. The water that supplied the complex came from the Borj Jedid cisterns. Once the water arrived at the complex it was stored on the ground level of the complex, which is unusual because in most Roman Thermae the water was stored in the basement. The design of the Antonine Baths is unusual in that the attendants, service areas, hypocausts (Roman Boiler Room) and other things that you would typically find in the basement were all on ground level. With the complex being build right against the coast, particularly deep foundations were required that made it impractical to have a basement so, the Romans put the baths, palaestra (gymnasiums), and other areas for leisure on the upper floor.
The upper floor consisted of:
Caldaria: The hot plunge for of lack of a better term.
Tepidaria: The warm bath where they would relax. These first two baths were intended to open up the pores. It would have been heated by the pipes coming from the hypocausts.
A Large Frigidarium: This was the cool bath that would close up the pores
An open air pool and terrace
An indoor pool the size of an Olympic swimming pool
And much more
When you visit the Antonine Baths now you won’t find all of this much of this complex left. The baths fell out of use in the third century AD and was then stripped of all of the marble and granite for other projects. You will find a re-erected column that would have supported the upper floor standing at 5 meters which will really give you a sense of the size of the complex in its heyday. You can also see the ruins of the ground floor.
The process of remodeling can be an exciting and challenging time. There is so much to consider- the prices, the contractors, and how to get it all done in a timely fashion. But there are some items that are forgotten, that are extremely important. We are here to help you remember them!
In the end, you’ll be so happy to have your “new” new home, and we wish you well with the process!
So the restoration is complete and she runs better than when she came off the line 60 years ago, and you can’t wait to get out on the road and show all of your neighbors the great job you’ve done with this great barn find that you’ve brought back from the grave. Well that’s great news, but one thing that you want to think about after having put all of that time and money into your new baby is keeping her going. Here are 3 basics (that all of us know) to keep that beauty running as like new.
1. Keep they oil changed
The newer cars have made us a bit lazy from my point of view when it comes to getting an oil change. Particularly with electric vehicles not needing any oil at all. Granted the rules are a bit different for a classic car as you might not put 3,000 miles on it in a year. None the less you still need to change the oil 2-3 times a year and get some nice clean lubrication in that crankcase. While the engine may not be running frequently the oil still breaks down over time. Particularly during the winter. When you break your prized classic out for the spring and when you put her to bed for the winter are good times to go ahead and change the oil and check for leaks.
2. Check the coolant
You’ll want to also check your coolant about 6 times a year. Make sure that the that it still looks good for one. Green is good and brown is bad, if you didn’t know. Also check the radiator and all of the hoses for dry rot and leaks. No matter what things look like it’s a good idea to go ahead and flush the system once a year.
3. Never miss a chance for a tune up
You know every sound and quirk of your car’s engine, so at the first sign that something ain’t rumbling quite right. It’s time for a tune up. (Don’t pretend like you don’t enjoy them. You may as well do something other than rubbing the car down when you’re in the garage.)
Visually inspect the spark plugs, wires, distributor cap, rotor, air filter and gas filter. On the spark plugs, wires and distributor cap. Look for fraying, dirt, and burn marks as these are signs that you may need to replace them. An air filter is an easy fix for a car that isn’t getting the right air to fuel mixture.
If you want to keep riding that classic around for years, you should take the time to give it the care it needs. The more love you give it the more it’ll give you.