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Via Claudio Monteverdi, 15
Post code I-95131 Catania Sicily Italy
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The Achillean Thermae,  the remains of the monumental complex of public baths, are beneath "Piazza Duomo". Its underground bounds underlie almost all the buildings established on the surface: the "Cathedral Church", the former seat of the "Clerics' Seminary", the "Elephant's Fountain", the "Archbishop's See" and the bordering angles of the "Senatorial Palace".

The thermae's access is made easier by a little adit opening on the right side of Saint Agatha's front. Through the use of a modern stairs, the visitors can pass across a 2,50 m barrel-vaulted corridor .This passageway guides in its innermost part, a large rectangular  measuring 12x13m, formed by a wide hall with four pillars supporting the vaults. In past times these old columns were bedecked with stuccoes representing handful of younkers and bacchantes, animals and clusters of grapes. The most part of these beautiful decorations have been irremediably lost along the centuries.

The adjective "Achillean" is attested by a Greek inscription, recovered in pieces in different periods. It furnishes the current denomination and it describes the complessive remaking works and the contemporary repairing of the heating's distribution system. The exact datation of the real edification is still unknown. They were supplied by the nearby waters of the Amenanus which keeps running in the thereabouts.

With regard to the name, many scholars uphold that its main entrance contained a marble reproduction of Achilles towering above the regular patrons. But probably, the most correct explication is motivated instead for the presence along the inward perimeter of lance-armed statues of muscled nude men that were apostrophed as the "Achilleae Statues".

The Achillean Thermae: piazza Duomo visit guided: from monday at friday h, 9.00 - 12.00 and h.16 - 19.00; saturday h 9,00 h.12.00. Closed sunday and festivity. Entrance: free

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