If you scroll down towards the bottom of this photo stack, you will see photos of an ancient floor that predated the Roman occupation of this site. Bath got its name from the Roman Baths that were built around an ancient hot spring. The Roman brick construction is evident and lays on top of older stone pavers that originally edged the spring. These pavers are constructed with various shapes of stones. One type I call “Utah” stones because they resemble the State of Utah. As an architect I believe this stone shape had an important function of holding the floor together during seismic activity. Everywhere I have traveled, I have seen the exact same types of pavers under various cultures that conquered and built on top of them. Who were these people who created a construction style that was replicated all over the world?
Mike headed to the center of Bath. I took the rental and drove to Wells and on to see the Cerne Abbes Giant.
The Roman Baths as they originally looked.
The four legged cross is a common symbol found all over the world and predates Columbus re-discovery of the Americas.
Its original meaning was a sailors blessing. “May you always have the wind at your back and may you live to see the southern cross.”
Lead piping was used throughout the Roman Empire for plumbing. The ruling class may have gone insane because of lead poisoning. The Roman Empire may have fallen because of faulty plumbing.
Bath Cathedral is a gem.