|Bath owes its origin and ultimately its name to the springs which produce about five hundred thousand gallons of water a day at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. During the first century C. E. the Romans turned this backward village into a fashionable spa dedicated to the goddess Sulis Minerva, from which the city took its Roman name: Aquae Sulis. Near the hot spring which feeds the baths there was a temple dedicated to Sulis Minerva where pilgrims came to pray to that goddess when seeking cures, before bathing in the sacred waters.|
The Great Bath from aboveThe Great Bath is 80' x 40' x 6' deep.
The Great Bath at floor levelThis bath originally had a vaulted roof.
|Left: portion of the lead conduit laid down during Roman times.|
|This channel led from the Sacred Spring which fed the Great Bath.|
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