Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Devastation of the historic city of Bath, England by the Germans During the WWII

Despite the bombardments during the World War II, the city of Bath in south west of England (159 kilometers west of London) is still one of the historic tourist-attracting cities of Britain. It now has an approximate population of 84000 people. There are evidences of residence of Romans and Celts in the city and the surrounding region . The old church of the city was rebuilt in 1500 by Oliver King, the Bishop of Bath and Wells. However the main eye-catching monuments of the city dates back to the 18th century. The name that is prominent in 18th century developments of the city is John Wood. He has been the beginner of the brilliant architecture that is now observable in the city. The Royal Crescent, The Circus, the Theatre Royal, and Grand Pump Room are of the monuments and complexes that were built in this century. 
During the World War II, the Germans tried to ruin the city of Bath with an aim to destroy the tourism and historical places of Britain. so some cities like Bath, Canterburry, Exeter, etc. were bombed. This was done as a preparation for the Nazi main attack to britain. The following video is a BBc production, which describes the situation and the heritage preservation attempts after the World War.
The Royal Crescent in Bath, image by Frenkieb
The Royal Crescent in the city of Bath, photo by velodenz
The Royal Crescent in the city of Bath, image by velodenz
Bath, image by Márcio Cabral de Moura
Bath, England, image by Márcio Cabral de Moura
more posts about urbanism in England:

Howard Park and Howard Garden, Letchworth Garden City, Herts: Archaeological Desk Based Assessment

The nature and causes of urban sprawl: a case study of Wirral, England

London Invests on Energy Saving Technologies

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