Gold Mosaic Pool
Gold Mosaic Pool

Looking down through the water of the Roman Pool at Hearst castle. It is a tiled indoor pool decorated with eight statues of Roman gods, goddesses and heroes. The pool appears to be styled after an ancient Roman bath such as the Baths of Caracalla in Rome c. 211-17 CE. The real gold mosaic tiled patterns were inspired by mosaics found in the 5th Century Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna, Italy. They are also representative of traditional marine monster themes that can be found in ancient Roman baths. The statues are rough copies of ancient Greek and Roman statues. One such copy represents the Apoxyomenos. Statuary was used on a considerable scale in the Baths of Caracalla. The pool and surrounding room, which were built from 1927-1934, can be compared to an ancient Roman bath. The pool, like the baths, is located indoors. Its water was heated as in a tepidarium. However, in Hearst's complex there were no hot or cold baths as there were in the ancient complex. The Roman Pool complex was designed to contain an exercise room, sweat baths, a handball court and dressing rooms. The Roman Pool is decorated from ceiling to floor with 1 foot square mosaic tiles. These glass tiles, called smalti, are either colored (mainly blue or orange) or are clear with fused gold inside. The intense colors and shimmering gold of the tiles combine to create a breathtaking effect. The designs created by the tiles were developed by muralist Camille Solon. The inspiration for some of these designs came from the 5th Century Mausoleum of Galla Placidia. If you are from Europe then please don't think this is a real castle. It is more like a crazy mansion filled with stuff from your country. California Central Coast, San Simeon to Santa Barbara, August, 2008

August 13, 2008

Camera: u770SW,S770SW
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Focal Length: 6.7 mm
Exposure: 1/4 sec at f / 3.5
Flash: Did not fire