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Bath: Abbey & Roman Baths 1

For all Bath’s Georgian splendour, it is the Roman Baths themselves that are the City’s true treasure. The Roman structures visible today date back to approx 60 AD and for the next 1800 years they have fluctuated from being in use to being in disrepair. In fact for a long period they were buried and largely forgotton until subsidence in the area “uncovered” them again in the 1850’s.

So we have the Victorian’s to thank for their current appearance and indeed it was they who opened the baths to the public in 1897, since when they have changed little.

Because the Roman Baths are so special, I’m going to share my images of them over a number of posts. The first three of which, starting with the one below, depict the Abbey (which sits next door) from within the grounds of the Roman Baths themselves: 

The Abbey & Roman Baths, Bath, Somerset

© Mark Simms Photography (2020)

Roman Forum

Dating back some 2,500 years, the Forum developed over-time into the centre of political, commercial and religious life in ancient Rome…..the beating heart of the Roman Republic and subsequent Roman Empire.

To be honest you really need to make sure that your powers of archaelogical interpretation are suitably well tuned (and that ideally you’ve done a little research/reading beforehand) to have any hope of making sense of the jumbled and confusing mass of ruins…..although looking down from the terrace of the Palatine Hill, as in the last two images below, does help a little with understanding the layout.

Having said that, if Roman history is your thing (and with an active imagination) it would be almost impossible not to be impressed by the fact that famous historical figures such as Julius Caesar, Cicero, Pompey and Mark Anthony (to name but a few) once walked these cobbled streets.

The Forum, Rome, Italy, Europe

The Forum, Rome, Italy, Europe

The Forum, Rome, Italy, Europe

The Forum, Rome, Italy, Europe

The Forum, Rome, Italy, Europe

The Forum, Rome, Italy, Europe

The Forum, Rome, Italy, Europe

The Forum, Rome, Italy, Europe

The Forum, Rome, Italy, Europe

© Mark Simms Photography (2019)

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