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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Sunday, 29 June 2014

Victorian Turkish Bath


In amongst the large modern office blocks in the City of London is this Turkish Bath  built in 1895. This Moorish style entrance survived  the Blitz when this area was heavily bombed. Once inside you go down a winding staircase to the baths below. The baths remained open until 1954.
















In more recent times the building has been used as a restaurant but it is currently closed.



Sharing with Whimsical windows and delirious doors and Our World Tuesday

34 comments:

  1. Neat looking little building! So nice that it survived the bombing and is still here today.

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  2. It is nice that it has survived both bombing and developers.

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  3. What a shame it doesn't work as a restaurant or a bath.

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  4. Your photo is up on my blog! We had a long trip home! Flight was delayed 5+ hours and we were on the plane on the ground all that time. Got home our time 2:15 am (7:15 am London time). Feeling the effects of that today. Keep in touch. I really enjoyed meeting you.

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  5. Interesting style contrast amidst the skyscrapers. Wouldn't it be fun to see the baths themselves! I bet the tiling was as colorful and beautiful as the outside.

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  6. I went over to Marcia's blog to see a new picture of you, and her. I don't follow her and resisted the temptation, since I'm already way overextended. That is an exquisite building; I'm glad it survived the Blitz. It may find its new incarnation one of these days. :-)

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  7. What a wonderful old building, a shame it is not retored to its former glory for people to view inside

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  8. Those public baths are almost everywhere closed now. Here the same has happened. Hope they will keep the building alive and not let it crumble down.

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  9. such great old remnants of Victorian architecture deserve use and preservation.

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  10. Great details and I bet it was luxurious.

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  11. If the restaurant were open I'd be tempted to go in!

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  12. Very interesting architecture. You always show most interesting places. Great photos.

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  13. Love the details, sad to know it's been closed! Wonderful captures for the day as always!! Have a great week!

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  14. Fortunate to have survived the bombing. But oh what a shame it is closed. What intriguing architecture that reminds me of the tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.

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  15. Wow that's incredible!! Boom, Bobbi and Gary.

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  16. A neat looking building, I love the windows.. Great shots! Have a happy week!

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  17. Resembles a building in Beijing of the Muslim temple ~ Wonderful shots for OWT ~ thanks, ^_^

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  18. Wonderful place with great architecture.

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  19. Fascinating building - it would be great to be able to go inside and see what's there.

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  20. Hi There, We are home from a trip to the gorgeous West VA mountains –where we celebrated our anniversary… I’ll be blogging about this time for awhile –since it was so special.

    Glad that they have preserved/kept the Turkish Baths. Love the Moorish style entrance. Gorgeous... I read Marcia's blog today ---showing that she had met you recently. That is SO neat.

    Hugs,

    Betsy

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  21. What an amazing building. I love the decoration.

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  22. This architectural style is so artistic.
    Great series.

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  23. It's a beautiful building!

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  24. That is truly beautiful, what a great find!
    I fixed your link, it wasn't working properly...

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  25. Such a nice building but what a pity that is not being used as a bath anymore! So much fun!

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  26. Another hidden gem of London.If it wasn't for the office block you could well be in The Middle East. It's so important to preserve such buildings, even better to continue using them if possible.

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  27. I never knew that! What a lovely building.

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  28. Decidedly moorish. Being a little older than you, I well remember the institution of the Bath House.

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  29. Glad to know that the beautiful building survived! Thanks for sharing and for commenting on my entry.

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  30. What a quaint little building.

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  31. What a wonder! Reminded me a bit of Hot Springs National Park which has some ornate bath houses that they still used as such by appointment (first time we'd ever gone to a National Park to take a bath!). Later era , but similar. I'm glad this building was saved ... apparently it must still be open for tours if not as a restaurant (?)

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