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Roman Baths, Bath: 124 reviews and 257 photos

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by pedersdottir

Although the foundations of the Roman Baths were rediscovered in 1755, the pillars and porticoes we see today were created by the Victorians. The ancient-style busts of Roman emperors and statemen that line the upper promenade are less than 150 years old. Full details of the reconstruction are related in the audio tour that comes with the price of admission.

Below the lead-lined pool seen here in the picture, lies one of the original hot springs. It is visible from one of the subterranean chambers that constitute the Roman ruins. The network of baths and steam rooms that grew up around the mineral springs is demonstrated by amazing video re-creations. In Roman times pilgrims tossed tiny prayer-inscribed plaques into the waters, invoking Minerva's favor. Modern visitors have filled several of the pools with coins and paper bills - invoking the powers of ---what? -- the gods of prosperity perhaps.

Next to these Roman ruins 18th century builders created the Pump Room. This was where fashionable society came to 'take the waters'.

Address: High Street , just past Bath Abbey

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2004
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