Photographer's Note

The thermal baths of Thermi in Mytilene (Lesvos) island were famous since the ancient years, and reached their peak during the years of the Roman Empire. In Thermi there are 2 large baths like the one you see in the photo, one for men and the other for women.

Rumors say, that they were often visited by Emperor Constantine and his mother Helen, founders of the byzantine empire, that's why the locals called "Constantine" the men's bath and "Helen" the lady's bath. What's funny is that the founders declared as official religion of the new empire Christianism, a religion that considered these public baths, sinful and immoral places. As a result to that, these baths were abandoned for many centuries.

They were reconstructed during the years of the Ottoman Empire (1785) by Hasan Pasha Tzezaerli and were functioning until the first half of the 20th century. Since then they are completely abandoned, are filled with muddy water, a sad thing to see, for reasons that can be explained only by the "surreal" reality of the Greek State.

Up to the level of the column, you can see the remains of the Roman bath, the dome was added much later during the Ottoman years.

***HERE*** a diferent thermal bath from a diferent region of Lesvos


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Additional Photos by Hercules Milas (Cretense) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5327 W: 74 N: 16998] (68709)
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