Travel Scans: Bath Revisited

Oh, I see that WordPress has turned on the snow again. πŸ™‚

When I did the original post on Bath, I promised more photos in the future. That was over a year ago. Sorry about that. Life just keeps flying by.

There is a legend that Bath was founded in 860 BC when Prince Bladud, father of King Lear, caught leprosy. He was banned from the court and was forced to look after pigs. The pigs also had a skin disease but after they wallowed in hot mud they were cured. Prince Bladud followed their example and was also cured. Later he became king and founded the city of Bath.

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The Romans built baths and a temple in the valley of the Avon River, and Bath became a spa with the Latin name Aquae Sulis (“the waters of Sulis”) around 60 AD! According to Wiki, the site of the Roman baths’ main spring was dedicated to the goddess Sulis, whom the Romans identified with Minerva, the goddess of healing. Latin messages to Sulis were scratched onto metal, known as curse tablets, because they cursed people who had wronged the writers.

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Bath’s historic spas were finally restored and revived in 2006. The new Thermae Spa offers visitors a chance to soak in the historic 95-degree waters in a state-of-the-art complex. I’m just amazed that the place has held up this long.

Hope your week’s going well so far.

{carole}

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14 Responses to Travel Scans: Bath Revisited

  1. I do love the “snow” πŸ™‚

    I remember that adjacent to the baths there was a dining area where a courtly gentleman could pour you a glass of the “filtered” drinking water (minus the lead of course!). I took a sip, but it didn’t taste very good.

  2. Caroline says:

    I love Bath and would even love to live there. Maybe one day . . . πŸ™‚
    The snow is such a surprise every year.

    • I do too, Caroline. Would really love to go back and take lots of photos. It was raining that day and our time was limited.
      I shouldn’t be surprised by the “snow” every year, but I am. πŸ™‚

  3. This is awesome!! Love the history! Yep, wordpress is fun during the holidays. πŸ™‚

  4. Beautiful images….where is this bath?

  5. joshi daniel says:

    that is interesting πŸ™‚

  6. TBM says:

    Bath was one of the first day trips I took when I moved to London. it is astounding how preserved they are.

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