Vichy Is Now Recognised As One Of the ‘Great Spas Of Europe’
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Eleven spa cities have been inscribed on the World Heritage List as examples of how Europe’s spa culture, which flourished between 1700 and the 1930s, helped create cities. Vichy is one of the 11 cities on the list. The World Heritage Committee recognised the “universal value of European hot spring resorts” as an example of how the act of drinking water combined with medical treatment, outdoor exercise, and leisure activities, and how this had a profound impact on spa medicine, balneotherapy, and leisure activities.
Vichy, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, is the queen of the spa cities in France, the most prestigious and well-known spa town in the country. The springs and key spa facilities, essentially owned by the French state, are a model of the ville d’eaux, a cosmopolitan ‘Little Paris’ in the middle of France that greatly influenced spas elsewhere.
The town of Vichy lies across the River Allier, boasting some of the richest spa architecture in France, and Europe. Its layout combines Parisian urban principles and the spa promenade inside the city, with pump rooms and covered galleries linked for walks - which are regarded as an essential tenet of the cure. No wonder, then, that it has served as a benchmark in France and abroad.
Source : https://www.femina.in/travel/international/beyond-paris-france-has-new-unesco-sites-to-put-on-your-must-visit-list-203419.html285