Roman Baths: Sacred and artistic ancient marvel

Amazing Europe | | November 17, 2010 at 12:13 am




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In the nation of England, there is a city called Bath wherein you can take a tour of these sacred Roman Baths. Well, I think the city must have got its name because of the presence of these ancient Roman Baths. It’s quite logical to think so, right? This time on my trip to England, I decided to soak in the holy waters of the Roman Baths at Bath, which are very well maintained.

The entire complex of the Roman Baths was found at some time in the 18th century. The present mesmerizing Georgian edifice that you see today dates back to this century. Currently, these ancient Roman Baths encompasses the relics of the Temple of Aquae Sulis, a pretty museum of relics, and the Roman baths below the lane level of this new city, which are fed by the holy hot spring. The latter one indicates as to why these Roman Baths at Bath are regarded as holy. Erected by the Celts actually, the temple that resides besides the springs was devoted to the goddess Sulis. It was believed that she was the Roman Goddess Minerva. It was on this name that Bath in the ancient days wancient Roman Bathsas actually called known as Aquae Sulis that means the waters of Sulis. This thought is even hold today and it is believed that the goddess still continues to bless the people via her miraculous powers of healing that is experienced while drinking the mineral-rich waters of the spring. Remember the second name of Bath that is Aquae Sulis as many still refer the town with this name.

Exceptionally and unbelievably, the waters of this spring boast a temperature of 460 degree Celsius, which augments by 1,170,000 liters daily, which is regarded as the miracle of the gods obviously not to be seen anywhere else. This Sacred Spring is nestled at the northwest tip of the baths and it supplies water to the water pool of the 12th century, which is known as the King’s Bath surrounded by the Georgian building. As a tourist, sip the hot mineral water from the fountain of the Pump Room. Besides an amazing taste, it is thought to hold the healing powers.

Coming to the ancient Roman Baths, kindly note one thing that they are not safe for bathing because the water passes through the functioning lead pipes of Roman times. However, if you wish to bath, then take yourself to the opulent Thermae Bath Spa. The Temple of Aquae Sulis Minerva is also worth a visit, which is a typical shrine that once used to hold the statue of the goddess. Upon excavations, only a gilded bronze head was found, which is now in the museum. The Roman Baths Museum is the house of many interesting artifacts including the offerings that hold a myriad of objects given to the spring in the honor of the goddess. These objects include over 12,000 Roman coins, curses on the lead rolled sheets with messages to make it reach to the spirit of the goddess who is believed to be dwelling in the spring, and metal pans with ‘DSM’ – ‘Deae Sulis Minerva’. Well, you will be interested in knowing that the coins here form the largest collection of its kind in Britain.

From the shrine of Aquae Sulis in the Roman Baths at Bath, an adorned and rebuilt pediment can be seen where a face image with beard resides. This stone image is called the Gorgon’s head indicating the goddess form similar to those of the other water gods such as Neptune. However, the overall appearance is of the sun representing the soaring temperature of the spring. Flanked by the leaves and victories, the helmet and owl at the base symbolize the liability for battle as well as knowledge of the goddess.

Timings

Mar to Jun: Sep and Oct: 9 am – 6 pm; Jul to Aug: 9 am – 10 pm; Nov to Feb: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm with the last admission before 60 minutes of closing time

Cost: £9 including the audio guide; £12 with the Museum of Costume and Assembly Rooms with the valid time of seven days

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