Cistern Baths of Trajan Called "Sette Sale" (Seven Halls)

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Cistern Baths of Trajan Called "Sette Sale" (Seven Halls)

"Sette Sale" (Seven Halls) are the rests of grandiose water reservoirs served for the Baths of Trajan (110). The baths were public and had some gyms and a library; they were very rich of decoration, furniture and sculptures. The water reservoir was exceptional and could contain more than 8500 cube meters of water; it was compound of nine rooms, seven of them were discovered till 1760 and were called "Sette Sale" (Seven Halls), the name which remained even when the last two rooms were found. These halls have all different sizes that vary between 37-47m of length and 4-8m of width. The halls are closed by a vaulted ceiling; the water was supplied by lake Bracciano via the Aqueduct built by emperor Trajan.
Sette Sale (Seven Halls) Water Reservoirs For Baths of Trajan (Terme di Traiano)

Cisterna delle Sette Sale, 2nd century AD cistern that provided water to the Baths of Trajan. The huge complex of the Baths of Trajan required the construction of a massive cistern known since the Middle Ages as “Seven Rooms” which, almost perfectly preserved on the edge of the Parco del Colle Oppio, ensured the supply of water to the baths.
Baths of Trajan (Terme di Traiano)
This massive bathing and leisure complex in Rome, recently celebrated its 1900th birthday. For the occasion, after eleven years, the famous Sette Sale or Seven Rooms, has been opened to public for a whole afternoon. Among the many structures built in Rome by Trajan, these baths (like the others) were constructed by the great architect Apollodorus of Damascus. Constructed right next to the Baths of Titus (so close they almost touched), these baths were much larger. Their size and plan are closely echoed by the baths of Caracalla and Diocletian and were the first bath complex in Rome on such a monumental scale. This amazing cistern which used to hold over 9 million cubic metres of water; a prodigious amount of water which was discharged for the pleasure of the Romans. The entirely artificial construction, with a face on the visible brick parts, is built on two levels, the lower one being on the ground. Its only function was to raise the water container until the pressure was sufficient enough to fill the baths. The interior of the compartments is lined in waterproof terracotta paste right up to the barrel vaulting, which was constructed on a double camber strip of different sized bricks of which the imprints are still visible in the concrete.
The huge Water Cistern Baths of Trajan Called Sette Sale (Seven Halls)
The huge Water cistern for the Bath of Trajan, located on the edge of Collo Oppio Park, is made up of nine rooms; each room measures 5,3 metres x 29,3 metres (some of these rooms sometimes even reaches 39,75 metres in length). The baths are currently undergoing excavation and restoration, yet are clearly visible within the park.

NOTE: The entrance to the inside of the Cistern Baths of Trajan called "Sette Sale" (Seven Halls) [Cisterna delle Terme di traiano detta Sette sale] monument is closed for safety reasons until further notice. However, it is possible to visit the exterior of the monument from the gate on Via delle Terme di Traiano, 5b.

Cistern Baths of Trajan Called "Sette Sale" (Seven Halls)
Via delle Terme di Traiano, 5b
00184, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Monti (Colosseo-S.Giovanni-S.Maria Maggiore) (Roma centro)
Cistern Baths of Trajan Called "Sette Sale" (Seven Halls) is Shown By "Map F Zone" As "26"
Hours: Closed: Monday, January 1, May 1, December 25. Open to organized groups by reservation only.
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Entrance: Regular Tickets - Adults: € 3,00, Concessions: € 2,00, Please note: The price of the ticket does not include guided tours organized by Cultural Associations.
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