Sacred Spring

At the very heart of the site is the Sacred Spring.  Hot water at a temperature of 46°C rises here at the rate of 1,170,000 litres (240,000 gallons) every day and has been doing this for thousands of years.

 

In the past this natural phenomenon was beyond human understanding and it was believed to be the work of the ancient gods. In Roman times a great Temple was built next to the Spring dedicated to the goddess Sulis Minerva, a deity with healing powers. 

The mineral rich water from the Sacred Spring supplied a magnificent bath-house which attracted visitors from across the Roman Empire.

EXPLORE:
Find out about The Roman Spring and the History of the King's Bath here.

Image: View of the green water of the King's Bath lit up at night

The King's Bath, the site of the ancient Sacred Spring