Bath is one of the must-see and rich in heritage places in UK. It is one of the most beautiful cities in England with impressive architectural sights and located in the south west side of the country. If you know English even in a low level, you can understand the etymology of this city. It is believed that Bladud (father of Shakespeare’s King Lear) in 500 BC discovered warm, mineral-rich waters here.
In 42 AD Romans started to settle in Bath and they developed the city. It was a city of relaxing and they built series of baths around the springs for curative purposes. These baths are named as “Roman Baths”. The complex was built during 300 years. The main spring was treated as a shrine and it was dedicated to the goddess Sulis Minerva. Bath was very important place during the Roman authority and it was located on one of the principal roads Of Romans. After the failure of Romans, the baths lost their significance. During the excavation in 2012, 30,000 silver Roman coins were founded in the territory of Bath.
AD 675 Saxons founded a monastery here which was very important one in England. It situated close to the present Abbey. Afterwards, in the 10th century Bath Abbey was reorganized. It was rebuilt in the 12 th and 16 th centuries. Namely, in 973 here was held coronation of King Edgar, the first monarch to rule over a united England. Bath's third Abbey was built under the direction of Bishop Oliver King who was prompted to start the rebuilding after a powerful vision of angels whom he saw assisting with the building by climbing a ladder to heaven.
Bath started to develop again after the three visits of Queen Anne (1165-1174) who came to take waters. It began to serve as a health resort from 1775. So after the second part of 18th century and in the 19th century, Bath was considered as an unofficial capital of the country during the summer times and the majority of aristocrats went away there for a cure.
Bath saves memories about Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Charlie Chaplin, Admiral Nelson and etc. Jane Austen set two of her six published novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, in Bath and made the city her home from 1801 to 1806.
So lets start my photo tour around this beautiful city!
"Ticket" for Roman Baths
Queue for Roman Baths
Here we are! Great Bath! This bath was provided an opportunity to enjoy a luxurious warm swim. It was fed directly with hot water from Sacred Spring. You can see some statues on the terrace. They are nearly one hundred years old, except the statue of Julius Caesar which is more modern.
A man from Aquae Sulis
Seneca About Bath
Inside of Roman Baths - the place for throwing coins
Thermal waters inside of Roman Baths. It is strictly forbidden to drink the water from these type of places as it can be dirty. However, in the exit there is a place for water drinking. To be honest, I did not like the taste :))
Bath Abbey - Outside view
Bath Abbey- Angels
Mosaic windows of Bath Abbey
The Holy Bible in Bath Abbey
And Just Random Pics from Bath
Street Musician... He was brilliant.. I even bought his CD.
People enjoying the beautiful weather ...
A little citizen of Bath :)
"Where to go?"
Me and my Mom in Bath :))
Bath is just 115.5 mile away from London. If you want to see, the meeting of the past and modern Just Come Here!!!
P.S. Some materials about Bath were taken from http://visitbath.co.uk
P.S.S. All photos by me