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Baile Herculane (Herculane Baths) is a spa town located in Caras-Severin county, western Romania. Its existence dates back 2000 years, when the Romans built the first facilities.

In the XVIII century, at the order of king Carol the VI, the city is developed further, turning into a major spa attraction.

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During the Communist period, new hotels were built in Baile Herculane which remained a hot spot for tourists until 1990. After 1990, the town was abandoned by the authorities and tourism has faded, leaving the small city shrouded in a sad melancholy of its past glory…

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