The Pool of the Arches
The rare subterranean water pool, built in 789 AD, during the rule of the famous last Halif of El Rashid. The pool probably fed of a small spring in its depths, rainwater and an aqueduct providing it with water from the direction of the white tower. The Christians call it "Saint Helen's Pool', based on a tradition claiming that Helena, mother of the Roman emperor Constantine I is the one who initiated its excavation. Earlier the pool was known as 'The pool of El Anzia" (the pool of the goats), and it used to hold water troughs for the watering of cattle. The pool, with an area of 400 sq. m, is the only remaining intact structure in Israel from the days of the Abasi Halifs (750-940 AD). The pool's ceiling is supported by gigantic stone pillars with arches between them, typical to the style of the era when they were built. The arches from the time of the crusades which copied the Abassi arch were perhaps the model from which the gothic architecture was born centuries later.
Address: Ha'Hagana St.
sun ,mon, tue, fri , sat - 08.00-15.30
wed , thu 0830-21:30
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Tel: 08-9207586, 052-8510715, City service center - 08-9771780/79