The City of Bath: From Religious Sites to Roman Baths
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As you cross the Pulteney Bridge, you can thank its namesake, a shrewd Scotsman, for the 18th-century structure. It came to be because Pulteney's wife had inherited a rural piece of land across the River Avon from Bath but, at the time, the only means of crossing was by ferry. Not satisfied with that mode of transport, Pulteney tapped Robert Adam to design a bridge spanning the water. It's one of only four bridges left in the world that are lined on both sides with shops.
Then it's onto the quaint City of Bath with its museums, shops, and cafes. GoBe inspired with a guided tour of the Bath Abbey. This undeniably sacred place has a history that stretches back to the first century. The breathtaking architectural details that are worthy of its rich past, including awe-inspiring fan vaulted ceilings.
Next stop? The city's Roman Baths, which date back to 70 A.D. and stand as one of the planet's best preserved remains of that ancient civilization. You can think of it as England's very first spa resort. Built by clever ancient engineers for community hygiene and gathering, the lead-lined oversized stone tub still collects the nearly 115-degree mineral-laden spring waters bubbling to the surface.
Cannonball! Now it's your turn to explore the Roman Baths on your own with the help of a handy audio guide. Taste water right from the hot mineral spring (it's an interesting taste, to say the least) and walk the very same pathways the Romans strolled so long ago. If you're lucky, you just might run into some "ancient Romans" who are happy to answer your questions about the baths and pose for a portrait with you. (No photographs, naturally!)
Legend has it that Bath was founded by King Bladud, who was exiled from the land as a leper in his princely days. That is, until he cured himself of the disease in the hot mineral springs of the Roman Baths. Like most good stories, this is complete fiction. But that didn't stop Queen Anne from taking a dip in the waters in the early 1700s, hoping for relief in her lifelong struggle with gout. The Roman Baths didn't heal her, but they sure did gain popularity after that queenly visit.
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