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First of its kind 1600-year-old indoor swimming pool unearthed in Albania

Archaeologists in the Albanian city of Durrës excavated an ancient Roman villa with an indoor pool. According to archaeologists, the 1600-year-old indoor pool is the first of its kind.

In a Facebook post dated May 9, the Albanian National Institute of Cultural Heritage said archaeologists uncovered a distinguished ancient Roman quarter while excavating ahead of the construction of a school in Durrës.


Photo: Albania’s National Institute of Cultural Heritage

Among the remains of an ancient Roman villa are traces of an indoor pool decorated with well-preserved mosaics, the institute said.


Photo: Albania’s National Institute of Cultural Heritage

The remains are at least 1,600 years old and date to between 1 and 400 AD, the institute said, adding that recent excavations uncovered two shallow bathtubs with waterproof mortar coatings.


Photo: Albania’s National Institute of Cultural Heritage

In another part of the site, a large brick floor and several walls that may be the remains of a two-story ancient Roman bathhouse were uncovered, the institute said in a statement.

Archaeologists believe that this villa, mentioned in ancient sources, was destroyed by an earthquake in the 4th century AD.


Photo: Albania’s National Institute of Cultural Heritage

The excavations also uncovered wall fragments, ceilings and tile mosaics.

Durrës, located on the Adriatic Sea coast in western Albania, was founded as a Greek colony in 627 BC.

An important trade center and port city in ancient times, Durrës was under the rule of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.

Cover photo: Albania’s National Institute of Cultural Heritage

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