Roman Baths in Bath #BriFri
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One of my favorite sites from our England trip was the Roman Baths in Bath. The museum is excellent especially when accompanied by the audio guide that lets you select which displays you want to hear more about.
The visit begins on a 19th century terrace lined with sculptures that look Roman, but it turned out they were 19th century, too. This terrace looks over the Great Bath.
From there, we move inside to a variety of interesting displays and recovered parts of ancient buildings that once stood in the complex. A building devoted to helping the sick was dedicated to the moon goddess Luna, who sent healing dreams.
Eventually we reached the level of the Great Bath. This quote was on the wall:
The picture is not complete without some quarrelsome fellow, a thief caught in the act, or the man who loves the sound of his own voice in the bath – not to mention those who jump in with a tremendous splash. ~Seneca, Epistulae Morales, 56, 1st century AD
A pipe fed the tub below, bypassing the Great Bath, so that it got the hottest water.
From a sign:
The Sacred Spring rises at the heart of the site. It was a place of veneration for local people before the Romans came. Its sacred pool is where the spirit of the Goddess dwelt and the hot waters were used by the Romans to supply the baths. They had completed the first baths and temple buildings around the Sacred Spring by 76 AD.
Here’s a short video showing the water bubbling up in the spring:
I hope you enjoyed this virtual visit to the Roman Baths in Bath. I’ll link it to Saturday Snapshot at West Metro Mommy Reads tomorrow.
Check back tomorrow — for Weekend Cooking, I’ll report on the tea we had in the Pump Room after our tour of the Roman Baths.
Oh I like the torches over the bath, sets the mood!
Nice post, Joy. Cheers
I would love to visit Europe and see places like this. Maybe someday!
Sean at His and Her Hobbies
It was a great place to visit, thanks for the memories.
I have read some books set in Bath, and ever since have wanted to visit. Thanks for giving us a peek….and enjoy.
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Great photos, Joy! Gee, can you participate in British Isles Friday if you’ve never been there? I’m a big fan and love all things British though I’ve never been there. I’ll have to put it on my list to check each week. Have a great day!
Sure, you can participate! I posted lots of book reviews before I went to England for the first time in September.
Oh yes! I have some similar photos. I love Bath and the teen and I visited the Roman baths a few years ago. Nice shots!
More reasons to go to Bath.
Great photos! My husband I visited Bath many years ago, but we were there for only one day. I’d like to spend a lot more time exploring this lovely area.
Sandy @Texas Twang
Thanks for sharing your photos. Some interesting perspectives. I so enjoy the travel photos that many share here on Saturday Snapshot.
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