The Romans never failed to recreate the comforts of home when they conquered. In downtown Beirut the remains of public Roman baths are located behind the city’s banking street and within a stone’s throw of the Grand Serail, a majestic building housing government offices.
The archaeological site contrasts with the latest layer of civilization in the city, the modern buildings next to it in the rebuilt downtown. It wasn’t discovered until the 1960s and was restored to its present state in the 1990s.
The atmosphere is almost park like with benches to sit on and relax. The baths are open to the public and there is no admission charge.