Greg’s Official Post 3: The Roman Conquest and the Great Cathedral

On May 16th, we embarked on the journey to our last stop, which was here in Bath, England. The group has been to many places and seen many things on this trip during the last three weeks here in the United Kingdom. We visited the Roman Baths and then we took a train to Salisbury to see the biggest cathedral in the United Kingdom, the Salisbury Cathedral, which has 332 steps. It was a long but fun filled day with Roman history and the tour of the wonderful and beautiful Salisbury Cathedral. We only have a few days left on this trip, and we have learned so much from the history and from each other.

So the first place we visited here in Bath was the Roman Baths. The Roman occupation here in the United Kingdom and the history behind it is very interesting to me. The Roman occupation showed power, wealth, and influence over the places that the Romans conquered. The Roman Baths museum allowed the group to see how culture was changed when the Romans came here. They implemented their own ways of living into society, and making their presence felt far and wide while they were here. This was just one example of how dominant the Romans were during their time here and how powerful they were all around the world during the times of the Roman Empire. Another thing that the baths showed us was how they lived in society and how different their culture was from other countries. I think that is one reason why a lot of people are interested in studying the Romans. The fact that they were so different from everyone else around the world and the successes they had in certain aspects of the world such as math and science is what makes this type of site so interesting. The Roman Baths is just another example of how the Romans not only changed the ways of living within other cultures, but they also show how inventive and smart the Romans were. These types of structures and museums just make the history of the Romans that much more interesting.

The other place we visited was the Salisbury Cathedral, which holds one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta, which was written in 1215. This cathedral is the largest in England and has the largest cloister and the largest spire, which is 332 feet high. The majority of our group went on a guided tour of this tower and got to learn a lot about the history of the cathedral and how it was built. The Salisbury Cathedral was built in the Early English period with a Gothic style of architecture, which is known for its pointed arches and long and narrow naves. The nave is 230 feet in length, which is pretty long for a cathedral. This cathedral was built as a sign of wealth and power, and was completely built in just 38 years. The copy of the Magna Carta was a gift to the cathedral, and the Magna Carta was a document written regarding fair trials here in the United Kingdom, which was the first of its kind. This cathedral is something special and is very unique in its structure and what it contains in the inside of the cathedral. This experience was awesome and it was cool to see a very well-known historic document and a cathedral that is very large and different from the others we have seen.

We only have a few days left on the trip, and it will be cool to show my family and friends all the things we have seen and tell them all things we’ve learned. Until the next post, Cheers!


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