As old as the world
When the steam saunas? It is hardly possible to name the exact date. But the fact that the bath is as old as the world, no doubt. It is known from time immemorial, from the ancient Egyptians and the Chaldeans, the Phoenicians and the Aztecs, Chinese and Indians, Vikings, and Slavs.
In 123 kilometers from the capital of Libya Tripoli are the famous ruins of the ancient Phoenician city of Leptis Magna. Twenty centuries ago here was a high civilization. By the way, dug here in 1693, the French 600 marble columns went to the construction of the Palace of Versailles and the Church of Saint-Germain des Pres in Paris. Among the ruins of Leptis Magna attract the attention of thalassotherapy center, public toilets made of marble and comfortable bath. Original method of heating the ancient baths. Hollowed out in the rock a huge hole, which was filled with water. Immediately a huge brazier was heated to a white heat of stone. Then block encountered in the pit. The water instantly warmed and on the tubes going in the various departments of the bath.
The famous British archaeologist Arthur Evans found at Knossos, on the island of Crete, the traces of the ancient Kingdom. 3 thousand years before the rise of Ancient Greece there was a rich culture. Beautiful paved roads across the island along and across. In îòêîïàííîì archaeologists Royal Palace was discovered water. Waste water were taken on special çàöåìåíòèðîâàííûì channel? Debris were collected in a silo pits, where processed into compost, which went to the fields as fertilizer. Was in the king's Palace toilets, baths, swimming pools. And baths. According to how well they are equipped with, one can assume that there conducted various water therapy procedures. The ancient inhabitants of Crete, apparently, knew about health bath.
On the Vltava river
About this «ban» the Renaissance in Europe you get a live performance, after reading a fascinating novel Ëþäî Çóáåêà «Dr. Åñåíèóñ». It provides pictures of the Czech Republic the beginning of the XVII century. Among his heroes outstanding scientists - astronomers Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler, a wonderful doctor Yang Åñåíèóñ.
On pages of the novel we find a description of the Royal bath in Prague on the Vltava river, near the Stone bridge. Here are some interesting fragments of the novel, giving representation about the baths.