Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Languedoc Roussillon - Bagnols les Bains

Bagnols les Bains lies at the foot of Mont Lozère at an altitude of 900 m. Its therapeutic waters gush from the mountainside at a temperature of 41.5°C. Sulphurous, rich in fluorine, mineral salts and rare gasses, the waters are used to treat respiratory and rheumatic symptoms.

The spa also has an outdoor cold spring which has diuretic properties and aids the digestive system.

The spa tradition of Bagnols-les-Bains has its roots in Roman times and Sidonius, Bishop of Clermont, the 5th century, extolled the virtues of its curative waters. Traces of this past have been unearthed in the form of stones decorated with acanthus leaves, sepulchral urns, vases, old coins and relics of old pools. In 1857 Bagnols became the first spa in France to be recognized as a public utility by Imperial decree.

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