The Baths of Caracalla in Rome, were Roman public baths, or thermae, built between AD 212 and 216, during the reign of the Emperor Caracalla. The baths remained in use until the 6th century when the complex was taken by the Ostrogoths during the Gothic War, at which time the hydraulic installations were destroyed. The bath was free and open to the public. The building was heated by a hypocaust, a system of burning coal and wood underneath the ground to heat water provided by a dedicated aqueduct, the Aqua Marcia aqueduct also by Caracalla, specifically built to serve the baths.
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