The Romans erected the baths in the 1st century AD. Beside the baths, a temple, in classical style with four Corinthian columns was constructed as a dedication to the goddess Minerva, a deity with healing powers.
However, the first shrine at the site of the hot springs was built by Celts, and was dedicated to the goddess Sulis, whom the Romans identified with Minerva.
The Roman Baths were not discovered and explored until the late nineteenth century, but what you can see from here is less than a quarter of the site as a whole.
The baths now receive more than 1 million visitor every year.