Somerset: Bath- The Roman Baths.

A recent visit to Bath during the coronavirus gave me the opportunity to visit the Roman Baths. All good to go after being shut during the Covid-19 pandemic. Everything felt safe during my visit with plenty of hand sanitizers to keep our hands clean.

A temple and the baths were built on the site between 60-70 CE in the first few decades of Roman Britain for the public bathing. They were used until the 5th century, the end of the Roman ruling. It is also known as a place for worship in the Temple. The area around Bath had natural springs making it an ideal place for the baths, some of the springs produced hot water, as you walked around I saw hot water springs still flowing, you could see the steam and feel the warmth of the water in the form of the spray by the force of the spring. A Century later the baths lay in ruins. The site was redeveloped several times in the Early and Middle Ages. Over the Centuries more buildings were added and alterations took place. The site has four main features, now persevered, the sacred spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and a museum which holds the artefacts. This site is one of the largest Roman Baths outside of Rome, Italy. When you walk around this historic site you think of all the people who have bathed here and walked these steps such a long time ago, you can imagine the crowds here gathering, bathing together, chatting about everyday life. The Bath Abbey shadows the site. The audio guide given on arrival tells you all the history as you wander around this magnificent place of history. The site was rediscovered in 1880 and work began to preserve this ancient site. I found my trip as an interesting history lesson. Some of the sites are inside, you can see the different rooms which would have been a steam room, a swimming pool, a massage room, hot and then cold plunge pools. This is such a must-see attraction when visiting Bath.

Coins found on site
The Baths overlooked by the Abbey.

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