Eastern palaestra seen from the Boulevard Saint-Germain.
© CVP / C. Rapa.
Map of the palestre in Lutecia's bath.
Drawing © D. Busson et V. Charlanne.
This unheated area was used for physical exercise. The two large rooms linked by a passageway are thought to be covered palaestrae.
The walls, decorated with arched, flat-backed niches, probably had windows that let in light and offered a view of the Seine.
On the sides, doors framed in large masonry gave access to the open-air exercise areas.