One of the most impressive architectural feature of the city of Bath is the Royal Crescent, a great sweep of Georgian mansions on one of the hills of the city, looking down on the rest. It was built in 1767-74 by the architect John Wood the Younger, and originally was known as just The Crescent.

All the houses are joined and together they form half an ellipse 200 m long. Each has a facade dominate by Ionic columns, so the whole effect is of facing one side of a big Colosseum, but made of the warm honey-coloured Bath stone. Number One was given to the Bath Preservation Trust in 1968 and restored to be its headquarters and a museum.

At the feet of the Royal Crescent, some way down, is Royal Victoria Park. Between them is a stretch of private lawn belonging to the Crescent residents, divided from the public gardens by a haha.

Pictures (it seems to be rather hard to fit it all in):

And as it's rather hard to see the grandeur squashed into a flat picture, here's what you really need: moving panoramas of this, and the other similar though not quite as beautiful crescents in Bath, foremost of which is Camden Crescent, and indeed of other cities:

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