Reflecting pool

Reflecting pool

This article is about all reflecting pools, for the two named reflecting pools see Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and Capitol Reflecting Pool.
Wells Cathedral in the reflecting pool of the garden of the Bishop's Palace

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.


  • Design 1
  • List of notable pools 2
  • Gallery 3
  • References 4


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 by night in Bordeaux, France.



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