Around 30 km east of Rome,on a low plateau beneath the Tiburtine Mountains, lie the ruins of Villa Adriana, once the residence of Roman emperor, Hadrian, who had the stately residence built in the 2nd century AD as a fine and luxurious country estate. Indeed, it is believed that the emperor himself participated in the planning of its construction and in each detailed aspect of the Villa’s design.
The Canopus is one of the most impressive areas of the Villa. The lengthy canal was developed between 125 and 133 AD. Six Caryatids adorn the western side of the elegant row of columns that surround the Canopus water basin, creating a wonderfully picturesque setting.
The thermal springs were built during the first construction stage of the Villa Adriana and are the oldest within the complex. Public baths were extremely important in the daily life of the Romans, thus it is not surprising that the Villa possessed three thermal springs.
In the 16th century, archaeologists began to search for the emperor's lost residence but following its discovery, many came only to plunder its treasures. In spite of this, the unique splendor of the Roman Villa Adriana has thankfully been well preserved right up to the present day.
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