Bath, England

[ 0 ] June 11, 2011 |

Bath, England

10 hours after boarding the bus we arrived in Bath, England. (Dramamine please!) Bath has so many notable buildings that the entire city has been named a World Heritage Site by Unesco. It’s a beautiful English town- relatively small in size and easily walkable in a full day.

Bath, England

We started our day with a visit to the Jane Austen Centre. The famous author lived in Bath for a period of time and visited the city often. Two of her novels are set in the city of Bath- Persuasion and Northanger Abbey. Today the building she lived in is still a residential home. The visitor center is set across the street from it.

Jane Austen Center

When we got to town the night before we spotted this restaurant that looked interesting and decided to head back to it for lunch- “Jimmy Spices” international cuisine. We now think it’s probably a big chain restaurant- but was new to us. It’s like an international Ghengis Grill. (Thai, Chinese, Indian, Italian, etc.)

 

That afternoon we headed to the Bath Abbey which is equally impressive on the outside and inside. It was the last great medieval church built in England. The ribbed ceiling is fantastic.

Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey (ribbed ceiling)

After about 20 minutes of looking around we were politely asked to leave because they were closing the abbey for visitors to prepare for a wedding. What an amazing place to get married! They did mention it would reopen two hours later- so I’m sure weddings areĀ  pretty snappy affairs there. Out with the postcards in with the bride.

 

Next were the Roman Baths. The Romans established the town Aquae Sulis in AD 44 around the three natural springs that bubble up in the center of town. They then built extensive bathhouses around the springs and a temple to honor the goddess Sulis-Minervs. These thermal waters maintain a constant natural temperature of 46 degrees Celsius. In the early 18th century John Woods was employed to create the buildings that stand today around the 2000 year old baths. Today you can no longer get in these baths but they still are naturally maintaining their temperature. You can see the water bubbling up from underneath.

Roman Baths

 

Throughout their history the baths are thought to have been used for a variety of things. They have found artifacts of many curses scratched in metals, rolled up and tossed in the water asking the goddess to punish people for specific wrongdoings. They also know the baths were later used as the center of fashionable society and were thought to have healing powers. The models of the baths as they once were included an exercise area as part of the thermal center. This is one of the best-preserved ancient Roman spas in the world.

A&P at the Roman Baths

After exploring the Roman Baths we decided to splurge and go to the modern Thermal Bath Spa just around the corner. We spent a few hours relaxing in the heated rooftop pool and flavored steam rooms. The tourist board claims they use the same mineral-rich water the Romans used 2000 years ago. Then, in robes and slippers, we enjoyed a healthy dinner before heading out for the night.

Thermae Bath Spa

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