The Roman Baths
Since ancient times, Bath has been famous for thermal springs. It took almost 300 year to build the impressive complex of Roman Baths.There, you can see the so-called Pump Room - a very elegant classic Hall, where in the 18th and 19th centuries the visitors from England and Europe took baths with musical accompaniment. You can also drink water rich in 43 minerals, looking down from the window at the Sacred Spring from where the crystal clear water rises daily at the rate of 1,170,000 litres. Bath is famous for its Roman heritage, but you might not have heard the remarkable story surrounding its foundation. It was Prince Bladud, legendary father of King Lear, who was the first person to bathe in the mineral-rich hot waters of Bath. As the legend says, poor Prince Bladud has been banished from the kingdom due to his incurable leprosy and wandered the countryside in 863 BC. All he had, was a herd of pigs who also caught his skin condition. Prince Bladud’s luck was about to change when the pigs discovered the hot spring and the lovely mud, that appeared to have cured the pigs’ leprosy. Bladud jumped at the chance and applied the mud to his own skin, and, miraculously, the health-giving benefits of the hot springs indeed cured his condition. He then returned to his kingdom, became the 9nth king of the Britons and later found the city of Bath...as the legend says anyway.