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Pool of Arches

  • Address
    Ha-Hagana St 12, Ramla, Israel
  • Web
  • Visiting hours
    Sunday to Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Fridays and holiday eves, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Shabbat and holidays, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • What to see
    8th century cistern, navigable


Underground water reserve, it is the oldest Muslim construction safely dated in Israeli territory. The dating, in the time of the famous caliph Harun al Rashid, well-known protagonist of the Thousand and One Nights, was possible thanks to an inscription still visible on the wall.

The place also has its Christian tradition, as there is a tradition according to which the first excavation was carried out by Saint Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine. For this reason it is also called the Santa Elena Pool. In the Roman period, the pool was connected to a network of canals that transported water to the Gezer village area


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