|City of Bath *|
Roman Baths with Bath Abbey in the background
|Criteria||i, ii, iv|
|Region **||Europe and North America|
|Inscription||1987 (11th Session)|
|* Name as inscribed on World Heritage List
** Region as classified by UNESCO
The city gets its name from the famous Roman baths which are in the town. The Romans built the baths as part of a spa, in the year 43 BC, but they called it Aquae Sulis, which means "The waters of Sulis". Sulis was a local goddess.
Bath became a city in 1585, when Queen Elizabeth I declared it to be one.
Bath has two universities and several schools and colleges.
Bath is where Roald Dahl's short story The Landlady takes place (the "setting"). The City is also mentioned in many of Jane Austen's books, like Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice.
- UNESCO, "City of Bath"; retrieved 2012-4-19.