The Roman Baths
Opposite Sironit Beach. Enter the car park on the west side (across from the take). Walk to the green sign ‘Tiberias Archaeological Excavations,’ turn south (left), and walk about 100 meters parallel to the shore to the roofed enclosure on the right.
The Bath House
The 42 x 31 meter building, which was in use from the fourth to the twelfth centuries, included an entrance hall, dressing room, and ‘lobby.’ The excavated portion is at the south end. Water was piped in through underground conduits. Surviving mosaic floor fragments depict elephants, panthers, fish, and geometric designs. Adventurous visitors can crawl through the hole near the palm tree into the ‘smurf palace,’ an underground chamber with a low ceiling supported by short pillars.
Exit the bath house the way you entered and follow the remnants of the pillars to the cardo, the Roman main street’ The cardo ran parallel to the shore and turned east at the bath house. Lined with granite pillars and shops, it was roughly 12 meters wide and 400 metres long. (A visit to the restored cardo in the old city of Jerusalem will give you an idea of how the Tiberias cardo probably looked.) This neglected stretch of land, today part of the city-dump, covers the glory of ancient Roman Tiberias. Parts of buildings and a section of what might have been a theatre have recently been found. Remains of the ancient port were discovered near the Holiday Inn. The Antiquities Authority plans to restore the ancient city.