Balıklıgöl
Balıklıgöl
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The TA headline pic is the most famous spot in Turkey's southeastern city of Urfa.
A very interesting legend made it that - on this spot King Nemrut threw prophet Abraham in fire which miraculously turned into water (that's the lake today) saving his life. The burning wood fragments turned into fish, which are sacred now and you'll see hundreds of them and can even feed them buying fish food on nearby stalls.
The place is a pilgrimage place and full of people both day and night. Two Mosques, one smaller above the lake fraction and one bigger aside are there, as well a Christian Church which was also converted into a Mosque.
Written October 30, 2022
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Jack V
Los Angeles, CA1,443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
this is an historical and scared spot that includes a river (or pond), a Mosque, a park and places to eat, drink and buy local goods. the park is really well done. the mosque is beautiful and worth a visit and the lake or water is very calming. legend has it that when Abraham was being burned the fire turned into water and embers into fish. people now feed the fish while wishing. do a little reading or watch zenxman on Youtube because there is so much history here that you will want to read about this area before taking a tour.
Written July 20, 2022
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Dila Gülensoy
Istanbul, Türkiye159 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
Along with being a touristic place Balikligol also a sacred place because of his holiness Ibrahim’s story. Please learn more on the story of the place before going there because it makes such a big difference in understanding the history of the place. Yet it is over crowded so be careful.
Written March 14, 2020
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David D
1,212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
It is said that this was the spot where Abraham was put on a pyre by King Nimrod. A miracle occurred and the fire turned into a pool of water and the wood, or the flames, turned into fish. The descendants of the fish are well fed by the pilgrims and it is a peaceful spot despite being so busy.
Written November 21, 2022
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Linda M
Saudi Arabia87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This may be the loveliest public park I’ve ever seen. The grounds are well manicured and there are plenty of places to stop for a cup of tea or just enjoy the surroundings.

From this park you can easily walk to Nimrod’s Pulpit, The Cave of Abraham, and the pool with the sacred carp. There are restaurants around the pool which serve overpriced and mediocre food. But, sitting by the pool is well worth it. (There are some much nicer restaurants across the street.)

Go to see the sites, return because it’s a nice place to pass some time.
Written June 3, 2021
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Jess
New York City, NY434 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Family
The story goes that Abraham was thrown to the fire, but the flames turned to water and the sticks to fish. It’s a historic holy site that has beautiful gardens. You can feed the “holy” fish and sit for some tea. Just keep in mind this region gets hot- with temps going over 105f in the summer. So plan accordingly.
Written September 2, 2018
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Mary O
Arroyo Grande, California, United States31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
This place is so sublime. The peace and beauty here is astonishing. We walked through the pool area, then stopped for a cool drink in the outdoor restaurant. The birthplace of Abraham is in a mosque nearby..and then a walk up to the castle.
I want to return as soon as possible!
Written June 16, 2015
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walkleytravellers
sheffield249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
This is a great place to visit if you are in the region. We travelled from Cappadocia to Mount Nemrut and spent a day in Sanliurfa. the Pool of Abraham is a peaceful location and frequented by locals and pilgrims to Abraham's birthplace. The surrounding Golbasi Park is full of locals going about the everyday business and the whole area is just a great place. spend at least an afternoon here, stroll in the park, admire the pols, watch the local kids feeding the holy carp, visit Abrahams Cave and just enjoy the ambience of this great city.
Written August 5, 2015
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Jadwiga Z
Warsaw, Poland77 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
Nice place to chill. There are a lot of possibilities do do in this one place: walking around the park, feed carps, visit mosques, take a boat trip or sit in one of the cafeterias.
However, we experienced a lot of annoying curiosity from local children following us step by step, shouting, pointing at us, asking for money etc. Unfortunately local people do not respect the cleanliness of that place and constantly throw rubbish to the pond. That place could be much nicer if local people respect visitors and their own place.
Written December 3, 2014
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Mademoisellll
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
When Abraham wanted to tell his religion to people, that times ruler Nemrud wanted to kill him. Because he thought that he is the God. Nemrud gave an order to his servents to build an enormous fire. At the top of the mountain servents also build an enormous catapult to throw him to fire. At the time Abraham was thrown to fire, God commanded to fire not to burn Abraham. The fire became water, the woods became fishes. On the other hand Nemrud's daughter was in love with Abraham. While her father thrown him to fire, she jumped also. She suddenly found herself in a little lake. That's the little lakes story.
Written June 27, 2014
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