"The Basilica Cistern" Basilica Cistern - Yerebatan Saray Tip by MikeAtSea

  The Basilica Cistern
by MikeAtSea
 
  • The Basilica Cistern - Istanbul
      The Basilica Cistern
    by MikeAtSea
  • The Basilica Cistern - Istanbul
      The Basilica Cistern
    by MikeAtSea
  • The Basilica Cistern - Istanbul
      The Basilica Cistern
    by MikeAtSea
  • The Basilica Cistern - Istanbul
      The Basilica Cistern
    by MikeAtSea
 

One of the most magnificent historical structures of Istanbul is the Basilica Cistern in the south west of the Hagia Sophia. This enormous underground cistern was built by Byzantine Emperor Justinianus and thanks to the marble columns rising from the water level and seeming countless in number it was named Yerebatan Sarayi. Length of the cistern is 140 meters with a width of 70 meters. To reach the cistern one climbs down 52 stone steps, there are 336 columns with a hight of 9 meters. The entire size of the cistern is 9800 square meters and has a capacity to hold 100.000 tons of water.

Address: Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Ista
Directions: Close to the Hagia Sophia
Phone: 0212 522 1259
Website: http://www.yerebatan.com

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  • Written Oct 4, 2008
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