Basilica Cistern

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UploadedNovember 18, 2018
TakenSeptember 21, 2013
MakeOlympus Imaging Corp.
Exposure1/10 sec at f/2
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Focal Length12 mm
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The largest of the previously forgotten subterranean cisterns of the Byzantine Empire.

Just like several hundred ancient cisterns beneath the city of Istanbul, it provided a water filtration system for the nearby 'Great Palace' and other buildings. This underground chamber measures approximately 140 by 65 meters and capable of holding 80,000 cubic meters of water. It was constructed using 336 columns as support to the ceiling.

It is also called Yerebatan Sarnici ("Cistern sinking into the ground").

It was however closed and forgotten after the relocation of the 'Great Palace'. It was re-discovered in 1545 by scholar Petrus Gyllius while he was studying Byzantine antiquities.

By that time it became a dumping ground for the city's garbage.

Only by 1985 was it cleaned and renovated by the authorities.

In 1987 it was opened to the public. It's now one of the city's most popular tourist attractions.

5 responses

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (18 Nov 2018):

    a cool capture!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (19 Nov 2018):

    Beautifully captured with an informative narrative!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (23 Nov 2018):

    Beautiful composition and tones!

  • Joe Dunckel

    Joe Dunckel   gave props (28 Nov 2018):

    Love the DOF. What a beautiful capture.

  • Sheila Ping

    Sheila Ping   gave props (28 Nov 2018):

    beautiful light, nice!

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