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: