Thermal springs, hidden in a scenic valley, were used by Roman soldiers to cure their ills. Centuries later, the same healing waters drew the Austro-Hungarians to build one of the most elegant spa resorts ever created in Europe. It was a retreat where the aristocrats and royals came for their cures. With the fall of empires and monarchies, and years of communist rule, the exquisite architecture of Baile Herculane began to show its age. After the revolution in 1989, decades of neglect and mismanagement brought the buildings to the brink of collapse.