Sultan's Pool

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Sultan's pool, Jerusalem

The Sultan's Pool (Hebrew: בריכת הסולטאן‎, Brechat HaSultan, Arabic: Birket es-Sultan) is an ancient water basin by the west side of Mount Zion, Jerusalem.

History[edit]

The origins of the Sultan's Pool likely date to the time of Herod and some think it is the Snake pool mentioned by Josephus.[1] In Hasmonean times, water was fed into it via the lower aqueduct.[2] The Ottoman sultans (for whom the pool is named) enlarged it into a reservoir measuring 67 m × 169 m × 12 m. It was part of the water supply network for Jerusalem from antiquity to late Ottoman Empire times. During the Crusaders times, it was known as Lacus Germani.[3]

The Sultan's Pool is dry in summer and is used for concerts and festivals.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sultan's pool". 2011-01-20.
  2. ^ "An Archaeological Excavation in Jerusalem Has Revealed:This is How They Filled The Sultan's Pool With Water". 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2012-04-25.
  3. ^ BIBLICAL RESEARCH. THE "LOWER POOL," JERUSALEM, The Independent, Volume 51, Issue 1, 1899
  4. ^ "Go Jerusalem: The Sultan's pool".

Coordinates: 31°46.310′N 35°13.585′E / 31.771833°N 35.226417°E / 31.771833; 35.226417