This is the birthplace of In Fiore, from sometime in my past life. The ancient spa town of Allianoi: home to baths and natural springs favored by the Romans for their health benefits. A “Dark Ages” temple nearly 2000 years old found in Turkey in 1998 — bath formations, ivory carvings, stone slabs engraved with hieroglyphs from a dead language. Discovered, unearthed, then reburied again – amongst controversy – in late 2010.
All photos courtesy of National Geographic. Top to bottom: (1) Classic Roman arch / PH: Mustafa Ozer; (2) Reconstructed thermal bath / PH: Manoocher; (3) Nymph rising / Alamy; (4) Sprouting columns / PH: Mustafa Ozer