Architecture Around the World

The Circus
Bath, England
Original name: King's Circus




John Wood the Elder
John Wood the Younger


Georgian (Neoclassical)

Architectural model:

Palladian style applied to the city

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Chimney pots

Chimney pots

Acorn finial

Roman (smooth shaft) Corinthian columns

Ionic entablature


Doric columns

The name comes from the Latin word "circus," which means a ring, oval or circle.

Divided into three segments of equal length, the Circus is a circular space surrounded by large townhouses. Each of the curved segments faces one of the three entrances, thereby ensuring that whichever way a visitor enters there is a beautiful facade straight ahead.

Photos and their arrangement © 2003 Chuck LaChiusa
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