A swimming pool, swimming bath, wading pool, or paddling pool is a structure designed to hold water to enable swimming or other leisure activities.
Pools can be built into the ground (in-ground pools) or built above ground (as a freestanding construction or as part of a building or other larger structure), and are also a common feature aboard ocean-liners and cruise ships.
Gaius Maecenas was a rich Roman lord and considered one of the first patrons of arts.
In 1939, Oxford created its first major public indoor pool at Temple Cowley.
The modern Olympic Games started in 1896 and included swimming races, after which the popularity of swimming pools began to spread.
Opened on 23 April 1925, it measured 1,000 by 150 ft (300 by 50 m) and was so large that the lifeguards required kayaks for patrol. One of the largest swimming pools ever built was reputedly created in Moscow after the Palace of Soviets remained uncompleted.
The foundations of the palace were converted into the Moskva Pool open-air swimming pool after the process of de-Stalinisation.