Tuesday, 14 July 2015

A day in Bath

When I finished my internship, and just before I went back to the Netherlands, I travelled around England for a few days. I haven't seen much of England during my time in London so I was excited to see what else England had to offer! The first city I went to was Bath. Bath is a city in south/west England and is surrounded by hills, which I think is pretty cool. To be honest, I didn't know much about Bath when I went there, only that it is very popular by tourists especially because of the Roman Baths. (more about that later in this post!) My first impression of Bath was that it is a very calm, lovely city with beautiful roman architecture and white buildings. 

The Roman Baths
If you're ever going to Bath, make sure to check out the Roman baths! It's not free, but definitely worth the money. The Roman Bath is not only beautiful, but also very interesting since it's also a museum about the history of the Roman Baths with a lot of artefacts, some of them recently found. I was happy that you get a free audio guide since I didn't know anything about it before. So now I'm able to tell you a bit more about this beautiful place. :) The Roman Baths is a natural hot spring below the modern street level which was turned into a spa by the Romans. Water with a temperature of 46 degrees rises there daily and has been doing so for thousands of years! Many years ago, they believed that this natural phenomenon was caused by ancient gods. They also build a temple next to the spring dedicated to the goddess Minevra, a god with healing powers. The water contains a lot of minerals (43 to be precise) which made the Roman think that drinking and bathing in the water could cure you from your illness and was therefore also used as a healing place. The Roman Baths were also used as a place to socialise and relax. Besides the healing powers of the water, they also believed that the water was a connection to the goddess. They threw things like coins into the water as offerings to the goddess but also curses which were inscribed messages on sheets of lead or pewter, which were then rolled up and thrown into the Spring. The message was for example about somebody who stole something from that person. After throwing the curse in to the Spring they hoped that the goddess would punish the thief. These curses, and other items were later found and now shown in this museum. Near the end of the tour you get to the Great Bath and you can hang around there. The Roman Baths are open until 10pm in July and August. I think this Great Bath would look so pretty all light up at night. At the very end of the tour there is a little fountain where you can drink the water yourself. It is warm, and has a weird flavour and smell to it, but it is apparently very good for you since it contains so many minerals! 

Have you ever been to Bath?


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