Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Wildly Photoshopped images of the Roman Pool at Hearst Castle in California.

The Roman Pool is actually a complex of open and closed rooms set around a partially heated indoor swimming pool, and was built from 1927 to 1934. Around the Roman Pool are an exercise room, steam room, handball court, and dressing rooms.

The design elements were inspired by the ancient Baths of Caracalla in Rome (built from 211 to 217 CE), and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna, Italy (built in the 400s CE).

The walls of the Roman Pool are marble, with vaulted arches and a central dome. The arches are lined with mosaics. The mosaics resemble those at Galla Placidia, but also include traditional ancient Roman marine monsters. The mosaic tiles are one inch square, and are either colored (mostly blue or orange) or clear (with gold fused into them). Muralist Camille Solon created the mosaics. The ceiling and dome are covered with tiles of night blue with tiny white starbursts.

Eight statues of Roman deities and heroes are in nooks equidistant around the pool. They are based on ancient Roman statues, and were carved by Carlo Freter in Pietrasanta, Italy.



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