The mikveh at Casa Bianca came to light in 1989 during renovation work on the building. The bath is thought to date from the Byzantine era. A 58-step stairway, dug out of the rock itself, leads to an underground room at 3.6 metres below sea level. Here, sturdy rock pillars support a cross-vault, broken in only one place by a chimney which must have been necessary to let in light and air. All around is a bench dug into the rock. The bath consists of five separate pools, each 140 cm deep, three of which are situated in the central section in a trefoil layout, with two side pools in private rooms. The complex reaches an overall depth of 18 metres, to reach the water table which fills the pools. In antiquity, the water table was known of due to the existence of two Greek wells in the area. However, the pools beneath Casa Bianca do not draw water from these wells; instead, each of them is filled from the water table through the split in the rock created specifically beneath the pools.
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