The Roman Baths. City of Bath.

Roman history is fascinating and Britain has many relics of ancient Roman culture. The Roman Bath's at Bath are one of the most famous Roman archealogical sites in Britain. Comfort and cleanliness were important to the ancient Romans and wherever they conquered they introduced their culture of bath houses with heated floors and walls, mosaic tiles and hot and cold baths. Their engineering was phenominal and the ruined structures that are still around give us a glimpse of some of the internal workings. The Roman Bath's at Bath have excellent interpretive displays which explain and put on show many of the great finds of centuries of archaeology at this site.

From the first century A.D., people have been using the natural hot water in this area. The Romans built Baths and a Temple here somewhere between A.D. 60 and A.D. 70. They were built, added to and maintained over three centuries until the Roman Empire crumbled and their structures were allowed to decay in ruin. Rubble and mud covered the site which was later built upon, though the springs were still used in some form. Excavations in the 18th and 19th centuries uncovered what we see today. Many of the grand buildings and the collonade around the Great Bath including its statued terrace were built in the closing years of the nineteenth century.

We spent many hours in the complex, wandering around the baths, reading the information attached to the exhibits, browsing the well stocked shop and sipping the waters in the Grand Pump Room (opened 1795), where we also sampled a 'Bath Bun' along with some tea while musicians entertained us with a classical music recital. A favourite purchase from the shop was a fridge magnet - a replica of the famous Gorgon from the Temple Pediment at Bath.

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