A reflecting pool or reflection pool is a water feature found in gardens, parks, and at memorial sites. It usually consists of a shallow pool of water, undisturbed by fountain jets, for a reflective surface.
Reflecting pools are often designed with the outer basin floor at the rim slightly deeper than the central area to suppress wave formation. They can be as small as a bird bath to as large as a major civic element. Their origins are from ancient Persian gardens.
List of notable pools
- The Miroir d'eau (Water mirror) on Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux, France, is the world's largest reflecting pool.
- The Mughal garden reflecting pools at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India
- Chehel Sotoun in Iran
- The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, and Capitol Reflecting Pool, in Washington, D.C.
- The modernist Palácio do Planalto and Palácio da Alvorada in Brasília, Brazil
- The King Center in Atlanta, Georgia commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- The Oklahoma City National Memorial, at the site of the Oklahoma City bombing
- The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California, a former reflecting pool was located in front of the stage, circa 1953 - 1972.
- The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, located in New York City, has two reflecting pools on the location where the Twin Towers stood.
The reflecting pool of the Taj Mahal
The reflecting pool in the Patio de los Arrayanes, at the Moorish Alhambra of Granada, Spain
Reflecting pool at the China Pavilion, Epcot Center, Florida
Reflecting Pool at the University of Western Australia
Reflecting pond at the Christchurch Arts Centre in New Zealand
The North Reflecting Pool at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at dusk, World Trade Center, New York
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