Monday, 26 October 2009

Les Thermes, Lamalou-les-Bains

The entrance to Les Thermes

Lamalou owes its existence to the thermal springs found here. The healing properties of the waters were known back in the XVIIc but the town became established as a fashionable spa in the late 1800s when several famous people started to visit for "La Cure", including the renowned novellist, Alphonse Daudet. Specific treatments are now given for a range of illnesses and conditions including rheumatic pain, neurological problems (e.g. Parkinson's) and trauma. The main source for the water emerges from a fault line at a temperature of 52ºC. It is rich in magnesium and potassium as well as traces of many other minerals.
The entrance is decorated with Egyptian style scenes created by the artist Dominique-Henri Mongeois in 1998.

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