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Bath - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Bath is a small, vibrant city in south-west England. The city nestles in a valley surrounded by seven hills, and it is famed for its architecture, typically neoclassical in design and built using the characteristic, local Bath stone.

Today, Bath is a dynamic, cosmopolitan city with a large student population and many tourist visitors from the UK and overseas. 

Bath was first recorded as a Roman spa. The waters from its natural spring were considered a potential cure for different types of illness. The mineral water - which has a temperature of 46 degrees Celsius at the surface - gushes up through a fault in impermeable layers of clay beneath Bath. Ever since the Romans arrived in Bath some 2,000 years ago, the hot water has been used for relaxation, cleansing and medicinal purposes.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, Bath became fashionable among England's aristocracy and it became a resort city for the wealthy, particularly in the summer months. Many of the fine examples of architecture in the city, including Pulteney Bridge, the Pump Room and the Royal Crescent were built at this time.

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UNESCO video about Bath (with subtitles, 2' 49")

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