Photographer's Note

The Sacred Fish Pool (Balikli Gl) is located in the courtyard of the Halil-ur-Rahman mosque, dating from 1211 AD. From Turkey Travel Centre:

"What makes the Sacred Fish Pool popular arent only the fishes or the colorful gardens that surround it, but its historical significance. The location of the Sacred Fish Pool is the spot where the brutal King Nimrod (Nemrut) threw Abraham into deadly flames.

History is often partnered with legends and with the Sacred Fish Pool, it is believed that heavens gates will open when a white fish is spotted." Legend also has it that the fire and flames were miraculously turned from fire to water and the burning logs to fish, thus saving Abraham once again. Like Pharaoh with Moses, Nemrut tried to kill Abraham when he was a baby, but his mother hid in the nearby cave to give birth to Abraham.

From Culture

"You definitely cant go swimming at Balıklıgl in Urfa because its quite the sacred place that has also become a favorite sight for many visitors. Located by the stunning Halil-ur-Rahman Mosque, the legend revolves around the story of Abraham and King Nimrod. Born and raised in Urfa, Abraham ended up making King Nimrod quite mad by not only declaring war against idol worship but also stealing the heart of Zeliha, the kings daughter. It was at this point that the king sentenced Abraham to death by being burned on a huge pyre, which was promptly built in the city center."

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