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Inside the Roman Baths
Another "throw back" post. I am sorting through old photos and trying to organize whats left. I really, really like the UK. I never really thought much about it growing up. It was never a place on my "bucket list". But after one visited I was hooked. I love the country, the people, the castles and the wild places.
One of my all time favorite places is Bath. I try and visit each time I am in the UK. Sadly it has been a couple years since I was able to make it. But each time I do visit I stay longer. :D
Outside the Roman Baths
The City of Bath was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1987. Sadly most tourist run through while visiting Stonehenge and see little to nothing of the town.
Yes, go see the Roman Baths and the Abbey. But there is so much more! The hills around Bath (such as Bathampton Down) have seen human activity from the Mesolithic period on. Several Bronze Age round barrows were opened in the 18th century, meaning people have been here for a very long time. The area feels very good, really. Do have a look. Go see the Royal Crescent, The Circus and Pulteney Bridge, too. Get out and shop and eat here. Talk to the people.
They have tons of Pubs, cafes and shopping too! Oh and there is the SPA!
Here are a few random pictures to get you started.
"Archaeological evidence shows that the site of the Roman Baths' main spring was treated as a shrine by the Iron Age Britons, and was dedicated to the goddess Sulis, whom the Romans identified with Minerva; however, the name Sulis continued to be used after the Roman invasion, leading to the town's Roman name of Aquae Sulis (literally, "the waters of Sulis"). Messages to her scratched onto metal, known as curse tablets, have been recovered from the Sacred Spring by archaeologists. These curse tablets were written in Latin, and usually laid curses on people by whom the writers felt they had been wronged. For example, if a citizen had his clothes stolen at the baths, he would write a curse, naming the suspects, on a tablet to be read by the Goddess Sulis Minerva."
"The temple was constructed in 60–70 AD and the bathing complex was gradually built up over the next 300 years." Go Wiki for info.
"In March 2012 a hoard of 30,000 silver Roman coins, one of the largest hoards discovered in Britain, was discovered in Bath during an archaeological dig. The coins, believed to date from the 3rd century, were unearthed about 450 feet from the Roman baths." -Wiki
Will post more picts of Bath soon,
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