Large Public Bath

The great tank in the middle of the southeast quadrant of the enclosure is the largest hydraulic feature in the Royal Center. Here, stepped stone courses and massive concrete, stonework, and brickwork create an immense rectangle (the water basin measures 67m. by 22m.). In the middle of each side narrow platforms are created, each with four stone columns, the columns on the north are carved with rearing animals. A flight of stone steps on the west leads down to the water; on the east, narrow plaster-covered brick steps are seen. In the northeast corner a spout once conducted water into the tank. On the south is a stone covered drain set into the plastered floor of the tank; associated with the drain is a sluice gate forming part of the stone sides of the tank. Surrounding the tank is a plaster-covered walk-way.