This room on the top floor of the palace contains - well, it contained - a full-size pool. You can see a corner of it in the lower right side of the picture.
Exploring a place like this gave me a lot of very different feelings, often simultaneously. I felt a lot of curiosity, wondering what was around the next corner. There was awe at what a bomb can do to a building. And I admit, there was a bit of voyeurism, too: peeking into Saddam's rooms and seeing places he never intended any American to see.