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IN Travel & Adventure ON 15 Jul, 2015
Radium baths are known to have cured people of many things since times immemorial. There are many sites in the world that are home to hot water springs which harbor some radioactivity within them and are great places to visit and bathe in the curative waters! So, if you have any plans to take such a dip any time, here we recommend you the best ten radium baths around the world!
Although Budapest is known for a lot of baths that have 'healing powes
Folklore has an interesting story about this place. In the 18th century, a slave who was beaten and whipped at his master's plantation ran away and found this water spring. He then soaked himself in it and in a few days, he was healed of all his injuries. On returning to the plantation, the master promised to forgive him if he told the exact location of the springs. Thus a bath was established at the place. The baths are today located in the basement of the Milk River Hotel and the magnitude of radioactivity is so high that a dip of less than 15 minutes in the baths is recommended, thrice a day.
Found in 1906 in northwestern Bohemia, the Jachymov Spa is the oldest established radon spa in the world. It hosts 20,000 patients every year. Each patient is subjected to a three-week treatment of bathing in 3.5 millisieverts of radiation. The valley named Sankt Joachimsthal by the Saxon immigrants, also happens to be the home to world's oldest Uranium mine. Actually it was the very ore gathered in Joachimsthal that led Marie Curie to the discovery of Uranium.
The thick, and smelly mud bath on the Vulcano Islands is popular because of it's incredible healing powers. Located on a tiny, 21 square kilometres' island north of Sicily, the bath is characterized by the strong sulfurous odor that leaves many scoffing about it. The mud ruins everything except your body so no watches and no clothes is an unspoken rule in the bath.
Ramsar is known as the place having the highest natural background radiation on Earth: up to 260 millisieverts per year. Radium -226 dissolved in the underground water makes the natural springs of the place highly radioactive. Located off the coast of the Caspian Sea, Ramsar is well known for it's radioactive bath in Iran but foreigners have seldom shown much interest in the place.
This pool at Pamukkale exists since more than a thousand years ago and has had connections with the Romans, which is also suggested by it's name. This pool was first established as a bath by thermal spa by the dynasty of Attalids, the kings of Pergamon. When the Romans acquired a firm hold over the city, this place became a gathering place for the Greeks, Macedonians, Romans and Anatolians. In the pool, there are remains of ancient Roman pillars and other infrastructure which collapsed during an earthquake in the 7th Century. Now placed in the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, the radioactive pool still attracts people from around the world, just like it did in the olden times.
Dubbed as the hidden beauty, Ikaria is a Greek island full of hot springs. It isn't a tourist spot yet like the rest of Greece is but holds some distinguishing characteristics that add to it's beauty. Unlike all other radioactive spring sites in the world which have more or less the same amount of radioactivity in their waters, Ikaria has springs right from low-radioactive to highly-radioactive.
The hype around the hot springs in Arkansas was so high that it apparently led to the formation of a national park in the area. The baths were held in high regards by the defense ministry of the nation which led to the foundation of Army and Navy General Hospital here in 1879. Formerly designed to use as much radon gas as possible, the place is now designed for the escape of the gases but two baths from the many at the site will still heal you with the radioactive powers if you wish so.
Misasa means three mornings and Onsen means bathing in hot spring, in Japanese. It clearly means bathing three mornings in the hot springs would cure a person, which was the popular belief in the olden days. The Misasa Onsen baths are one of the most radioactive and one of the most popular baths in Japan. The city holds a Marie Curie festival around the baths in August every year to celebrate the lady who discovered radioactivity.
What can be better than the radioactive baths in the homeland of Marie Curie! In 1325, the first instance of bathing in the hot baths at Ladek Zdroj was recorded in a journal called Klodzko Chronicle . By the 16th century, there were real baths established in the place and in the 19th century, with the rise of spas, Ladek Zdroj become very, very famous. There are six springs in the area that bring the curative waters to the people. The fame and popularity has drawn many famous people over the years including Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Tsarina Catherine II, Emperor Alexander I, and US president John Quincy Adams.