The rural sites

The Vanves baths
 
View of the caldarium of the Vanves baths. Bathers circulated through the baths on floors built on stacks of bricks, a system that allowed the floors to be heated. Photo: X. Peixoto / INRAP. View of the caldarium of the Vanves baths. Bathers circulated through the baths on floors built on stacks of bricks, a system that allowed the floors to be heated. Photo: X. Peixoto / INRAP.View of the caldarium of the Vanves baths. Bathers circulated through the baths on floors built on stacks of bricks, a system that allowed the floors to be heated.
Photo: X. Peixoto / INRAP.
Photo: X. Peixoto / INRAP.
At Vanves, in the Lutetian countryside, the recent discovery of a Roman bathing complex could indicate that a large water sanctuary of the Parisii stood on this spot. A very ancient road linked this site to the capital city, and its arrival in the city's southwest corner probably was a determining factor for one of Lutetia's secondary urban orientations.