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Bath is one of England's gems. This ancient city, set along the banks of the River Avon , was founded on the site of a hot spring long revered by the Celts and Ancient Britons. When the Romans arrived at Bath they dedicated the site to the Roman goddess Minerva. However, they named the town Aquae Sulis, in reference to the Celtic goddess Sulis. The hot springs that had been so important to the ancients drove the growth of this city situated in a natural bowl formed by the surrounding hills. It is in the English west country in the county of Somerset . Queen Elizabeth the First granted Bath city status by royal charter in 1590. In the Georgian period it gained status as a spa resort and developed rapidly into the fine city it is today, packed with outstanding Georgian buildings all made from the local bath Stone. The Georgian expansion gave the city the world famous Bath House, built on the site of the hot springs and the old Roman temple. The Georgians built both public and private buildings in Bath, including the many iconic Georgian terraces. Two of these terraces are world famous. "The Circus", designed by the elder John Wood, consists of three long, curved terraces to enclose a circular space intended for civic functions and games. The architecture draws heavily on classical influences with the main inspiration being Rome's magnificent Colosseum. Like the Colosseum, the three façades have a different order of architecture on each floor: Doric on the ground level, then Ionic on the piano nobile and finishing with Corinthian on the upper floor. Wood died five days after personally laying the foundation stone on May 18, 1754 and so never saw the finished work. Famous as the Circle is, perhaps best known of Bath's terraces is the Royal Crescent, built between 1767 and 1774 and designed by the younger John Wood. Bath is obviously most famous for the spa that gives the city its name. The Roman Baths themselves are below the modern street level with four main features, the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and the Museum holding finds from Roman Bath. All the buildings above street level date from the 19th century. Sadly, problems with infectious diseases in the water means you can no longer bathe in the original pools. New bore holes have been drilled, however, to allow visitors to drink the waters and to facilitate offsite bathing at the recently constructed Thermae Bath Spa. The Baths are a major tourist attraction and, together with the neo-classical salon the Pump Room , receive more than one million visitors a year. Outside, surrounding the baths complex is a bustling shopping and tourist area that is always very busy during the summer months. Further attractions within the city include the splendid abbey and the sunning Pulteney Bridge. Visitors who enjoy the arts are very well served in Bath as there are five theatres; the Bath Theatre Royal , Ustinov Studio, the Egg, the Rondo Theatre and the Mission Theatre. Art galleries abound in the city, as do antique shops. Bath became a World Heritage Site in 1987. Bath has some lovely public parks, the main one being Royal Victoria Park, which is a short walk from the centre of the city and overlooked by Royal Crescent. Should you tire of the city relief is only a short walk, cycle ride or car drive away in the shape of the beautiful Somerset countryside. There is plenty of accommodation in Bath ranging from budget rooms to luxury hotels and serviced apartments. This, and the city's own wealth of attractions, make it an ideal base for exploring more of this wonderful part of England.

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