Thursday, August 16, 2012

ENGLAND TRIP: Day 8: Part 2: BATH: The Roman Baths (3 video shorts)

VIDEO#1 - Hello from the Roman Baths in the City of Bath!

Part of the structure that housed the bath (it was in the center)
  It's an ancient Roman site that was used for public bathing by the Romans in 79 A.D. when they lived in England. The Roman Baths are below the modern street level. According to the museum, there are four main features: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and the Museum. The buildings above street level date from the 19th century. Tourists can get guided audio tours but cannot, and should not enter the baths. The original pool is now 30 feet below street level. At the time it was built in 79 A.D., that was street level!

THINK ABOUT IT- Would you want to go in 2,000 year old bathwater that a million people bathed in? Eeewww!

The building the housed the Roman Baths
The hot water that comes into the Roman Bath comes from nearby Mendip Hills. The water travels through limestone aquifers as far down as 14,000 feet!! Geothermal energy from the Earth's crust heats the water to as much as 147.2 F and in some cases 204.8 F!  Because the water is under pressure it rises to the surface along any fault lines or fissures in the limestone. Once it reaches the Roman Baths, the water is around 115 F, and surges up at a rate of 257,364 gallons every day! 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE THE WATER TO TRAVEL? According to the museum, it takes 10,000 years for the water to make its journey underground and back up and into the Roman Baths! 

WHAT'S IT LIKE? There's a main pool, and there is an entire complex of other little pools. There are drainage areas and spillways. It's really quite complex and ingenious for 79 A.D.! Some of the rooms routed the hot water through and created stone floors over it, producing heated stone floors! Those were spas. 

DID THE BATHS HONOR SOMEONE?  Yes. They were built to honor the Roman Goddess Minerva. She was  equated with the Greek goddess Athena. Minerva was the goddess of wisdom, war, art, schools and commerce. She was also the goddess of medicine and doctors. Her father was Jupiter.
The sign explaining the Roman Baths and diagramming the structure

HAUNTINGS? We actually don't know if its haunted because we were both so exhausted and worn out from the harrowing drive, that neither of us could feel anything. If there were ghosts there we didn't sense them.

However, according to, there are a couple of ghosts that haunt Bath (although we didn't go to these places: 
The man in the black hat
A man in a black hat dressed in late 18th-century attire is seen around the Assembly Rooms at Saville Row and Bennett Street.
Freezing Hill
Tom loved this architectural model of the Roman Baths
Freezing Hill is located just outside Bath. There are several ghosts here that are thought to be from the 17th century, when the hill was the site of the bloody
Popjoy's Restaurant
This restaurant was the  former home of Richard "Beau" Nash and has two female ghosts.  One is Juliana Popjoy, the 18th-century mistress of Mr.Nash, and the other is a woman in 1960s garb who dines by herself then vanishes.

The Roman Dog God - We like that idea!

OUR SHORT VIDEOS FROM THE ROMAN BATHS: We took a couple of short videos (less than 60 seconds) at the Roman Baths. One even provides audio from the tour we were on - as I held up the speaker to the video camera.
Enjoy the tour!
One of the hot pools where water bubbled in

The main Roman Bath (there were many, many rooms with pools)


Close up of the main pool

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