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Bath gets second Unesco Heritage List as one of Europe’s Great Spas Bath City News

Bath was awarded a second UNESCO World Heritage status in a historic moment for the city.

Along with ten other spas, the city has been awarded the coveted UNESCO World Heritage status as part of the nomination of “Great Spas in Europe”.

A UNESCO committee, which is currently in China, has inscribed the “great spas of Europe” on the list of world heritage.

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This means that Bath will have a second exceptional inscription, covering the first.

Heritage Minister Caroline Dinenage said: “This list is a testament to the role Bath has played in our history.

“For thousands of years people have flocked to the city to discover its healing waters and I am delighted that this inscription protects this historic place for future generations.

The Large Spa Towns of Europe project focuses on historic spa towns, based around mineral springs, which have formed fashionable seaside resorts of health, leisure and leisure “entertainment” such as play and dance. from the 18th to the beginning of the 20th century.

Cities were built in harmony with their therapeutic natural landscapes to create unique urban forms.

They were the pioneers of modern tourism and although often small in size, they attracted guests who would otherwise only meet in large metropolises and capitals.

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Only a few spas have acquired great importance and among these only a few remain in a good state of conservation.

The spas included in the registration are Bath, Baden bei Wien (Austria), Spa (Belgium), Vichy (France), Baden-Baden, Bad Ems and Bad Kissingen (Germany), Montecatini Terme (Italy) and Karlovy Vary, Mariánské Lázně and Františkovy Lázně (Czech Republic).

Roman baths with reflection of Bath Abbey in Bath, England

This is a transnational nomination, which means that the 11 cities are considered as one World Heritage site.

Councilor Dine Romero, Cabinet Member for Children and Youth, Communities and Culture, said: “This inscription is a confirmation of the outstanding historical value of Bath.

“Our architectural and archaeological quality is already recognized, but this new distinction underlines the influence that the hot springs have had on the city.

“It’s not just about history, because in the future Bath will continue to successfully combine our exceptional heritage and wellness offering with our modern and vibrant city. “

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Bath is the only one of the 11 cities to already have World Heritage status.

Advisor Ruth Malloy, Senior Project Advisor, said: “Bath has been included in this elite group thanks to merit, because you cannot fully tell the story of European spa culture without it.

“Realizing the opportunity for a very rare second inscription took many years of hard work, but it now offers us the benefits of enhanced cooperation in the fields of heritage conservation, health tourism and heritage marketing. visitors.

“I would like to thank all of our partners who have worked so successfully in this excellent example of European cooperation.”

Last week, Bath was named one of the world’s greatest places in TIME’s annual list.

The City and Design District of London were the only places in England to feature in the News Platform’s Top 100 Extraordinary Travel Destinations.

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