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Basilica Cistern

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The Basilica Cistern, is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. It has built by the Romans in 3rd century for providing water to the city. Turkish name of the place "yerebatan" means "sunken" in English.
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1/3 Yerebatan Cd.
İstanbul, 34410
Telefoonnummer+90 212 522 12 59
Status openingstijdenGesloten · Gaat om 9:00 AM open

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August 31, 2019
Still functioning Basilica with some statues inside, fat fish and water.
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August 27, 2019
One of Istanbul's splendid historical buildings is the Basilica Cistern located in the southwest of Hagia Sophia. This large underground cistern built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian I (527-565) was named as arasında Yerebatan Palace ere among the people due to the marble columns rising from the…
August 15, 2019
This subterranean structure was commissioned by Emperor Justinian and built in 532. The largest surviving Byzantine cistern in İstanbul, it was constructed using 336 columns, many of which were salvaged from ruined temples and feature fine carved capitals. Its symmetry and sheer grandeur of…