Saturday 16 June 2012

Roman Baths

The Roman Spa at Bath is reputed to be one of the finest religious spas of the ancient world. Over half a million gallons of water per day have poured to the surface from this site. The water is at a constant temperature of 46 degrees centigrade. Even the ancient Celts believed in the mysterious healing properties long before the arrival of the Romans.

The Roman remains at Bath are lucky to have survived. This is probably the most significant Roman ruin in Britain and the reason for its excellent condition is due to the fact that when the Romans left Britain due to the collapse of the Roman Empire, the site was abandoned and became buried under several feet of mud. Amazingly the ruins were only discovered in the late 19th century and excavation completed in the 1920's.

The Pump Room was completed in 1796 and is now a tea room where spa water can still be ordered. A visit to the City of Bath should almost certainly include a tour around the Roman Baths.

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