Taking a dip into a wet and wonderful swimming pool has been a trademark summer activity for generations. But where did this ingenious and refreshing invention come from?
From as early as 2600 BC, humans have been building public pools; the ancient city of Mohenjo-Daro (located in modern-day Pakistan) was home to many large pools known today as the “Great Baths” that even had stairs. These pools, along with many other ancient handmade swimming sites, were likely used for ceremonial purposes rather than leisure. The famous public baths of ancient Greece and Rome were not only for cleaning, but for swim training and for fun! Heated swimming pools came about during the Roman era, when a prominent politician manufactured one for his estate. In the 19th century, the British took an interest in erecting swimming pools for both entertainment and water safety education purposes. The start of the modern Olympics spread the popularity of pools to virtually every nation, allowing the public swimming places to become a hallmark of summertime!
-Henrietta’s Creations Kid Blogger