The Roman Pool at Hearst castle 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 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…
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Take a Visual Tour of Hearst Castle and Grounds
Take a look at Hearst Castle, during the day and all lit up at night. It has a Roman pool, hilltop views, the Casa Grande main house, and even zebras.
The indoor swimming pool at Hearst Castle in California. e.t.a.: It isn't really grainy, that's a mosaic. Every last inch of those walls and so on are covered in tiny tiles and gold leaf- you can just glimpse the starburst pattern in the tile on the floor of the pool near the reflection of the lights at the bottom of the image.
Hearst Castle Roman Pool-1 by Alex Vishnevsky
Photographed in May, 2013. For more information visit: http://www.hearstcastle.org/history-behind-hearst-castle/the-castle/pools/