Pool trivia: the oldest pool in the world?


How old is the oldest pool in the world?

This question came up in the office last week. After some researching the answer came out to be: around 4,500 years!

Most sources agree that a pool in the settlement of Mohenjo-daro is the oldest swimming pool in the world. Mohenjo-Daro is an ancient Indus civilization settlement located in modern day Pakistan. The settlement was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1980 and archeologist are pretty certain that they have found a 12 x 7 meter swimming pool in part of the complex. The structure has some of the features of a Roman Bath.

Want some more pool records:

Largest pool: San Alfonso del Mar in Algarrobo, Chile at over 1 km in length

Highest pool: Yangbajain in Tibet, China. The pool is located at 4,200 meters above sea level.