Constructed in around 70AD as a grand bathing and socialising complex, the Roman Baths is one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world, It contains an incredible set of thermal spas where Geothermal energy raises the water temperature in between 69 and 96 °C
The Romans built grand baths in the areas where they occupied, and some of them remain to date. The Roman baths in Bath, England, in addition to the Grand Pump Room, attract over one million tourists annually
The heart of the complex is the Great Bath, a lead-lined pool filled with steaming, geothermally heated water from the Sacred Spring to a depth of 1.6 meters. Though now open-air, the bath would originally have been covered by a 40-meter high, barrel-vaulted roof.
The history of Bath is intrinsically linked with the natural hot springs that the city is founded upon. The first shrine at the site of the hot springs was built by an Iron Age tribe called the Dobunni, who dedicated it to the goddess Sulis (who they believed possessed healing powers).
Unsafe For Bathing
Roman baths in the UK are opened for tourists sightseeing only; no one is allowed to take a bath in the hot spring. The reason is that the water is passed through lead pipes constructed by Romans, which still functions today
The Roman Baths are some of the best examples of religious spas of the medieval era. The complex represents elements of the Roman way of life including their gods. The baths showcase Roman engineering skills and architectural ingenuity.
Because Bath became a popular spa town in the Georgian era, many of the buildings were built featuring Georgian architectural style
Temple of Sulis Minerva at Bath
This is what the front of the temple looks like. The scary face is the god of the waters. Some people say he is Medusa, the Gorgon that Minerva has on her shield. Gorgons had snakes instead of hair and if you looked at them you turned to stone!