by © Monica Di Santi
The great Roman ruins partially burried 2m below the current level of the city of Bath are a wonderful place to visit when in UK.
Being a World Heritage City at only 19 km away from Bristol and 144 kms away from London, Bath combines the flavor of the Roman Empire with hot spring water, a great museum with valuable ancient objects and a modern spa.
During the 1st century A.D., the Romans invaded Britain and built their magnificent baths and temple at the sacred hot spring in Bath, turning the place into a popular therapeutic place. Statues of Roman Governors of Britain, Roman Emperors and military leaders enhance the place.
As Roman houses had a simple system to deliver water through pipes, most people went to the public baths to bathe. As soon as they arrived, they took off their clothes and exercised . Once they had sweated enough, they took a hot bath, and then a cold one. This instance offered an opportunity to socialize and enjoy themselves.
After the Romans left Britain, the baths decayed, but in the 18th century when baths became fashionable in England, the Georgian buildings you see today were built up.Bath's population grew quickly and became a very popular destination.
In 2004 a modern Therma Spa has opened so people can experience the waters the same way the Romans and Celtic did in the past.There you can get Watsu, Aromatherapy massage or Hot Stones therapy.
So, if you love history and love to relax, you can enjoy thermal waters in Bath as the Romans did.