Aquae Sulis: The Roman Baths, Bath, Somerset, England.

Leave a comment
Aquae Sulis, Architecture, Bath, England, History, The Roman Baths, Tourism, Travel

The ancient Roman Baths historical site, Bath City, England.

The Roman Baths and the city of Bath in England is a place I always wanted to visit.  If your a fan of Roman history, Architecture, Celtic history or wanted to imagine what life was like in Roman Britannia then a visit to the Roman Baths should be on your to-do-list.

UNESCO added Bath as a World Heritage Site to the ‘Cultural sites’ because of the Roman Remains, 18th Century Architecture, 18th Century Town Planning, Social Setting, Hot Springs and Landscape Setting.

The Baths are open until late 10pm in the summer months.  The torches are alight providing a unique experience. If you want a quieter time to visit I would advise going in the evening time.

The Roman Baths are located directly beside Bath Abbey.

Head of Rome – Symbolising the Spirit of Rome.

Vespasian, Roman Emperor stands tall keeping watch towards Bath Abbey. Famous Key Roman statues such as Julius Caesar, Claudius, Emperor Hadrian and more were built for the public & baths.

Aquae Sulis in Roman Britannia, known today as ‘Bath’.

The site was occupied by the Celts before the Roman Invasion of Britain.  After the Roman Invasion around AD60 onwards was the site of a town called ‘Aquae Sulis’. Aquae Sulis meant ‘the water of the Goddess Sulis’.  The Romans equated her with Minerva, known to the greeks as Athena.  Minerva was the Goddess of music, poetry, medicine, wisdom, weaving and the crafts.

Aquae Sulis had a distinct feature in it which was the hot springs – the only hot springs in Britain.  The hot springs were seen as sacred, a gift with healing properties. Before the Roman Invasion the celts used these baths.  After the roman invasion the romans built a temple & bath complex at ‘Aquae Sulis’.  The temple at the baths was one of the largest buildings in Roman Britain and larger than anything the celts had previously made. There was also a temple attached to Sulis Minerva.  Sulis Minerva was worshipped by Roman Britain at the baths.

Throughout the Roman baths exhibition there are a lot of key Roman artefacts on display including the glit bronze head of Sulis Minerva – One of the best known objects from Roman Britain, discovered in 1727.

The Temple Pediment & Gorgon’s head.

Roman Coins on display.

Roman Visuals on display to the public, in this scene, Peregrinus son of Secundus (link).

The Head of Sulis Minerva. One of the best known objects from Roman Britain.

A Roman Brooch from Ireland.

You are now Entering The Great Bath...

The Great Bath.

Characters dressed up – This lady told me she was a Roman slave.

Torches ablaze & Emperor Constantine ‘the Great’ in background.

~ Torchlight begins to fade.

At the ancient Roman Baths, Bath, England. (Known as ‘Aquae Sulis’ in Roman period)

~ Closing time ~

At the end of the tour you can pour yourself a drink of the thermal hot waters which are meant to have healing properties.

Late Evening: Bath Abbey & The Roman Baths.

For more Information on opening hours, prices, tickets, packages etc 

Click on the Roman Baths website link below:

A Roman soldier on watch…

www.romanbaths.co.uk

~ Thanks ~

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s