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We took a day-trip to Bath. It was originally intended to be with my Aunty Chris, as she has family living there, but we ended up going by ourselves. Still, it was an interesting time and I'd like to go back and have more of a poke around the Georgian aspects of Bath. We enjoyed seeing the Roman Baths, though, and it was nice to get a good idea of them. My previous memory of them mostly involved my sister falling in.

It was interesting to see how people don't change. When the Romans arrived, they found the locals worshiping a goddess of wisdom and healing at the hot spring by the name of Sulis. She reminded them very much of their own Minerva, and the two quickly merged, creating the temple and hot springs of Sulis Minerva. Much as, here as tourists, we spend our time noting similarities and differences to what we are used to.



Bath Abbey. Such a mishmash of times in the building and renovation of the church. The anglo saxon church is, of course, long goneā€¦ but the 1600s saw it rebuild in the style of the time, and baroque and victorian neo-gothic styling were added as time went on.
Bath Abbey.  Such a mishmash of times in the building and renovation of the church.  The anglo saxon church is, of course, long gone? but the 1600s saw it rebuild in the style of the time, and baroque and victorian neo-gothic styling were added as ti photo 10576959_10154423879360023_770655539985554327_n.jpg

According to the plaque, the oldest house in Bath.
According to the plaque, the oldest house in Bath. photo 10254032_10154423880760023_6657586998366748831_n.jpg

What the bathing and temple complex would have looked like at the height of its development, about 300A.D.
What the bathing and temple complex would have looked like at the height of its development, about 300A.D. photo 10455434_10154423884405023_5897056821999341463_n.jpg

Model of what the pediment would have looked like in its heyday.
Model of what the pediment would have looked like in its heyday. photo 10583933_10154423880140023_5203718829211329497_n.jpg

The pediment above the main entrance to the complex, pieced together. It must have been very striking when complete, painted, and in place!
The pediment above the main entrance to the complex, pieced together.  It must have been very striking when complete, painted, and in place! photo 10557386_10154423878830023_9131207155357983587_n.jpg

One of the more interesting art pieces in Britain from Roman times. A gorgon-like head, but male. Possibly a version of Neptune, to link to the watery tendency of the temple and bath. It also reminds me a bit of a Green Man carving. Certainly a powerful portrayal.
One of the more interesting art pieces in Britain from Roman times.  A gorgon-like head, but male.  Possibly a version of Neptune, to link to the watery tendency of the temple and bath.  It also reminds me a bit of a Green Man carving.  Certainly a p photo 10568903_10154423881990023_2400319941481283162_n.jpg

The hot springs themselves, bubbling up. The original Roman area would have been roofed over, and likely would have been quiet and private. People wouldn't have bathed there; this was where Sulis Minerva was. Here, offerings would have been made and prayers said.
The hot springs themselves, bubbling up.  The original Roman area would have been roofed over, and likely would have been quiet and private.  People wouldn't have bathed there; this was where Sulis Minerva was.  Here, offerings would have been made a photo 10306561_10154423879140023_3279143091081462639_n.jpg

A place of healing and entreaty, people were often buried here. The lead lining of this man's coffin was found (the wood had rotted away) and they have done considerable analysis of his remains. His reconstructed face is shown, and he was of Mediterranean ancestry and upbringing. Bath was quite the metropolitan area, with visitors from all over the Roman Empire.
A place of healing and entreaty, people were often buried here.  The lead lining of this man's coffin was found (the wood had rotted away) and they have done considerable analysis of his remains.  His reconstructed face is shown, and he was of Medite photo 10384755_10154423878720023_3726000023143289304_n.jpg

A mosaic from the bathhouses. Aquatic images were pervasive, unsurprisingly.
A mosaic from the bathhouses.  Aquatic images were pervasive, unsurprisingly. photo 10489874_10154423879770023_2703479235723529582_n.jpg

Thin lead sheets, inscribed with curses against ill-doers. The common man's way to ask for justice from the goddess. Most were for little things, like a stolen cloak or a few silver coins. The rich could buy justice, I suppose.
Thin lead sheets, inscribed with curses against ill-doers.  The common man's way to ask for justice from the goddess.  Most were for little things, like a stolen cloak or a few silver coins.  The rich could buy justice, I suppose. photo 10559713_10154423880020023_8073175313659721236_n.jpg

Sulis Minerva herself in gilded statue. She had many layers of gold applied to her over her time, as the constant polishing led to the gilt being worn off. She would have had a high crested helmet.
Sulis Minerva herself in gilded statue.  She had many layers of gold applied to her over her time, as the constant polishing led to the gilt being worn off.  She would have had a high crested helmet. photo 10257429_10154423883120023_4561990410099490033_n.jpg

This statue's face had badly eroded, but the hair-style was still clearly shown.
This statue's face had badly eroded, but the hair-style was still clearly shown. photo 10593094_10154423884320023_4449489758349157841_n.jpg

An original finial excavated on the site and one recreated and painted as it would have been.
An original finial excavated on the site and one recreated and painted as it would have been. photo 10526161_10154423885600023_1448605115238176180_n.jpg

Immersion bath. The Sulis Minerva bath was different than many Roman baths because it was a natural hot spring and associated with goddess(es) of healing. This bath was designed like a modern hot tub, with seating around the edges, to allow bathers to soak in the hot water and feel the warmth of the goddess' healing powers to seep into their bones.
Immersion bath.  The Sulis Minerva bath was different than many Roman baths because it was a natural hot spring and associated with  goddess(es) of healing.  This bath was designed like a modern hot tub, with seating around the edges, to allow bather photo 15642_10154423880765023_7557196341880337146_n.jpg

These tile stacks supported a raised floor that allowed hot air to circulate under the various hot-rooms used in the Roman bathing experience. The floors were hot enough that sandals had to be worn, or you would have burned your feet.
These tile stacks supported a raised floor that allowed hot air to circulate under the various hot-rooms used in the Roman bathing experience.  The floors were hot enough that sandals had to be worn, or you would have burned your feet. photo 10403709_10154423883035023_626608118823553387_n.jpg

Old Roman engineering; an overflow pipe allowing excess spring water to flow down to the Avon.
Old Roman engineering; an overflow pipe allowing excess spring water to flow down to the Avon. photo 10537102_10154423883390023_1812804126547281635_n.jpg

Melding history, as happens a lot in the UK! Roman Baths below, Georgian pump room above, 17th c. church behind.
Melding history, as happens a lot in the UK!  Roman Baths below, Georgian pump room above, 17th c. church behind. photo 10525886_10154423881160023_327273034338343038_n.jpg

The analysis of the waters of Bath. I took the waters; they tasted a great deal like unsweetened/flavoured gatorade would.
The analysis of the waters of Bath.  I took the waters; they tasted a great deal like unsweetened/flavoured gatorade would. photo 10559893_10154423885465023_6438795313874833582_n.jpg

his Legionnaire was kind enough to show Rhys his armour and weaponry. Afterwards, Rhys remembered he'd wanted to ask if he'd been fighting the Gauls.
This Legionnaire was kind enough to show Rhys his armour and weaponry.  Afterwards, Rhys remembered he'd wanted to ask if he'd been fighting the Gauls. photo 10480189_10154423879970023_1427963955313430588_n.jpg

I don't even... Children are made of rubber. Only explanation for how someone can spend more than a few minutes sleeping in this position. (I righted him after taking the picture... it didn't really last long.)
I don't even? Children are made of rubber.  Only explanation for how someone can spend more than a few minutes sleeping in this position. (I righted him after taking the picture? it didn't really last long.) photo 10557184_10154423880545023_6260006708414428573_n.jpg
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