Prior Park in Bath, England

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The Palladian Bridge in Prior Park, Bath, England

England is a lovely place; Bath is even lovelier. Ancient Roman baths, Gothic abbeys, picturesque canals, charming cobblestones, green parks. Meandering forest trails take you through the grounds of Prior Park and its Palladian house built in the mid-1700s as a way of displaying the use of Bath limestone as a potential building material. The house, as well as this bridge nestled deep into the park’s hillsides, was built following the 16th-century Italian architect Andrea Palladio, whose style briefly became popular in the UK during the mid 17th- through 18th-century before being cut short by the Civil War. Palladio valued lines, symmetry and perspective. Inspired by the Greeks and Romans, he derived a style that adapted the symmetry of Roman temples and palaces to a more modern manor house. Today owned by the Prior Park College and the National Trust, Prior Park is one of Bath’s hidden gems and well worth the countryside stroll!

 

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5 thoughts on “Prior Park in Bath, England

  1. Although this is correctly called Palladian, much of the great Italian architect’s influence in Britain and the US is called “Georgian” architecture after the early Hanover kings. Those Brits! They not only steal stuff, like the Parthenon sculptures, they steal ideas and renames them as their own. 😛

    • Yup you’re right, Bath is known as a “Georgian” town, although I didn’t know what that even meant before moving there! Although to be fair, us Americans steal plenty of things that we re-do and call “American”!

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