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Bath a step closer to 2nd World Heritage listing

BATH is in line to receive a second UNESCO World Heritage inscription for its international importance to spa culture and architecture. The town is part of Great Spas of Europe, a group of eleven spa towns across seven countries that have been nominated to UNESCO for inscription on the World Heritage List. The 44th UNESCO World Heritage Committee is meeting in Fuzhou, China in July to make a decision on the Great Spas of Europe‘s bid to join the list.

The nomination highlights the importance of spa culture and architecture as a European phenomenon from 1700 to the 1930’s. Among hundreds of spas, a handful of these, including Bath, remain in a good state of conservation.

The other historic spa towns are Baden bei Wien (Austria), Spa (Belgium), Františkovy Lázně, Karlovy Vary, Mariánské Lázně (Czech Republic), Vichy (France), Bad Ems, Bad Kissingen, Baden-Baden (Germany), and Montecatini Terme (Italy).

If the bid is successful, Bath’s second inscription would come in addition to the first inscription gained in 1987.

Councillor Ruth Malloy, the council’s representative for the Great Spas of Europe project, said: ‘To be inscribed once as a World Heritage Site is very special but twice is exceptional. Bath has always been an international city and this project is an exemplar of successful European collaboration. With the new Bath World Heritage Centre due to open in September, the timing of this news is excellent.’

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