Most famous for its baths, which are fed by three hot springs, Bath, England, has an interesting history that will forever be connected with the story of its mythical founder, King Bladud. It is said that, in 860 BC, this king stepped into the natural hot springs of as yet unnamed Bath, and was miraculously cured of leprosy, though not of his weird name. 

Celtics originally dedicated the hot springs to their god, Sul, but in the course of time, the Roman Empire invaded England and infiltrated  Bath, building a temple to their goddess, Minerva, over the  hot springs, and calling it The Great Baths. Eventually, the Roman Empire declined and lost power, and around 570 AD, Saxons invaded England. From then on, their culture influenced Bath, whose name originated from the Anglo-Saxon word, Baoum, meaning, "at the baths."

The Christian Saxons built a monastery and church upon the ruins of the Roman temple in 781 AD, dedicating it to St. Peter. Around 1088, the first Bishop of Bath built a larger  and grander church, and built new baths around the three springs. The Bubonic Plague visited Bath, as it did all of Europe.

In 1590, Bath officially became a city, and flourished until a civil war in the 17th century left its mark on the city. In the 18th century, expansion of the city took place, effectively beginning its status as a resort destination. Though air raids by the Germans during World War II effectively destroyed over 19,000 structures, including many of its historical buildings, Bath has recovered and today continues to draw people to its hot springs and its  history.