Roman Empire: Roman Bath Houses

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This was because they demanded a great amount of heat. In the early Roman Empire most baths faced the afternoon sun in wintertime when they had the most use. They also had their large windows covered with either transparent stone like mica or clear glass, which was one of the great breakthroughs in architecture and solar technology.
(Links, 1999)The Romans discovered that transparent glass, acts as a solar heat trap, releasing sunlight into the desired space and holding in the heat so it increases inside. They built glass greenhouses so they could have fresh fruits and vegetables during the winter .The romans were one of the first to use the element as a design tool. This was one of the first of examples for using glass as a heat conductor within a building.
When the breakdown of the Roman Empire began, glassmaking technology perished in Europe to the fact that it almost disappeared. Gothic cathedrals of the late 12th century and later featured beautiful bits of coloured glasses, complex designs and were ridiculously expensive. (Design, 2014) (An example of a rose window within a gothic church)
Within the 13th and 14th centuries, glassmaking was revived in Venice soda-Lime was developed by glassmakers off the island or Murano in about 1450, and Venetians called this clear, thin glass cristallo.
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