Bath


Voyages & Images, a photographic guide 

Bath is a famous spa in southwest England founded by the Romans and is, perhaps, the most harmoniously laid-out city in the country. A great number of historic buildings were damaged due to air raids during World War II, but a remarkable restoration ensured the city its present handsome look.

Bath was the tenth city of an itinerary made in United Kingdom in June 2008. The city center is compact and can be explored on foot.

The Pulteney Bridge (below, on the right), which links the historical center to the newest part of the city, is frequently compared to the Ponte Vechio, in Florence, because its stores lined on both sides. A peculiar set of dams in the River Avon is situated close to Pulteney Bridge.

The areas along the banks of River Avon are a invitation to calm walks or resting pauses in bucolic places.

Close to River Avon, right in the center of the city, we can find the pleasant "Parade Gardens" where locals and tourists may enjoy the sunny days.

The imposing Bath Abbey, had its construction initiated in 1499 in the place of a church of the 8th century. The nave is flooded by the light from its high windows.

A visit to the Roman Baths, built in 75 AD, can not be missed. These fine Roman remains are still fed by Britain's most famous hot-spring water.

The baths were discovered in 1870 and is one of the most well preserved Roman constructions in England.

Besides the external pool, the complex has got internal baths with impressive well preserved details and a museum that with many historic artifacts found during the excavations, that go on till today.

One of the attractions of the city is a circular place named The Circus, where all constructions have exactly the same style and form a angle of almost 360 degrees. In the center of the circle, there is a pleasant and leafy green area.

Another attraction is the half-moon row of town houses named Royal Crescent, forming an angle of 180 degrees, close the exuberant Royal Victoria Park.

A visit to Bath, with its special architectural style and surrounding natural areas, offers unique opportunities for the photographer.