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Roman Baths at Berkeley Springs


Roman Baths
* Berkeley Springs, West Virginia *

Berkeley Springs West Virginia is noted for its special healing waters which the town is based around. In 1784 A Gentleman’s Bath House was built atop these springs which are now the Roman Bath House. It is one of the oldest structures in the state park. The original house had 5 bathing chambers that were 5′ x 18′ and accompanying dressing rooms, but this has been dwarfed through time. Not much is known of its history outside of a 1787 diary of James Rumsey. Others claim the house was built in 1815 or 1816. The baths currently are just heated “baths” or “pools” in a purported “Roman bath” style. The baths are open to the public daily, and for a nominal fee, can be used for bathing from 10 am until 5 pm fed by naturally warm mineral waters coming out of the springs behind the building, with an heating adjustment up to 102 degrees where there are 9 5×9′ and 4′ deep tiled swimming baths in private rooms. These are rented by the half hour for a individual, group, or couple. It was a nice road trip visit for a nice warm bath, but not like typical hot springs or competing bath houses. The waters did feel magical and special. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.


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Xanten Archaeological Park (Xanten, Germany)

Xanten Archaeological Park

LVR-Archaeological Park Xanten
* Trajanstraße 4, 46509 Xanten, Germany * Phone: +49 (0) 28 01 / 712 – 0 * apx@lvr.de * http://www.apx.de/
* Adults: EUR 5.00 * Children (over the age of six): EUR 2.50 * Disabled people: EUR 4.00 * Students, apprentices: EUR 4.00

The LVR-Archaeological Park Xanten resides on the site of the ancient Roman city of Colonia Ulpia Traiana. Xanten is Germany’s biggest archaeological open-air museum/park. The Park expands the grounds of the original walled Roman city. The Park is a reconstructed version of the monumental elements of the city, such as the Temple, the Colloseum, the Bath houses, etc. Still under construction, it is being built up as I write this. Various times of the year it has living history re-enactment events. My experience at the park was very enjoyable, though I was not as impressed with the remains as I thought I would. I very much enjoyed the Temple and the Colloseum though. The park, especially in summer, is exciting and informative where the staff attempts to bring Roman history to life for those to research, relax, explore, and play games. Many of the reconstructed buildings are designed after years of excavation and research to true scale at their original ocations to emulate the Roman originals with shapes/materials as true as can be with what was found in history. Some of the most famous structures in the park are the Harbour Temple which is the most visible of all structures in the Park just as it served as a beacon of Roman Civilization back in the day; The Amphitheatre where thousands of Romans flocked to the games where fights occured with gladiators fighting beasts, animals, and each other. During the tourist seasons, they re-enact events and games often. There is also a Roman Hostel where visitors could stay during their visit to the city for food and lodging with ability to relax in the bath or visit the tavern. Replicas and reconstructions of the Roman houses that were made of loam. These were homes of the average in simple, multi-storey houses. The city walls and gates, once of stone, now of foliage, except where they have successfully reconstructed in stone. The gates and towers around the city have been reconstructed. Those visiting the region should not miss this park if one has interest in Roman and Medieval history or Archaeology. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


Lady of the Rhine, Part 2: Chapter 4C – Xanten Archaeological Park; the Temple, the Amphitheater

, Segment C

Lost Gods Temple

Sunday, 29 March 2009
Xanten, Germany

After the Museum we wandered back into the carriage for a spin to the Archaeologie Park lot, where we walked through the gates of the the city, and ventured over to the Temple of Lost Gods (they do not know who the temple was dedicated to as the information is lost). Exploring the ruins of the temple, quite bare and empty, we wandered down below to the original ruins as above was the reconstructed lot. Again, no hints or suggestions for our adventure. Exploring the Park remains of the city, where Lord Sven and Lady Brea were toying around with the electric fence that were keeping in the sheep, we made our way to the ancient game room for some puzzle play where Princess Brea accidentally left her handbag undiscovered until we were gone later that evening. On to the Colloseum where games are still held, as well as concerts. Then to the recreated bath houses. A good day was had by the exploration party, and to wrap it up we went back to Lord Sven’s flat for some cake and tea. Thanks to Sven for his wonderful hospitality! Back at Christian and Vanessa’s flat, the explorers settled down to an evening watching “The Gamers” which they found quite hilarious. All parties exhausted, it was time for sleep.

The Adventure party at Xanten

Cake and Tea

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