Cistern Basilica

The hidden Byzantine beauty of Istanbul is just across the Saint Sophia, under the road and buildings. 4th century Basilica and a small cistern were transformed into a huge cistern in 6th century. Meanwhile the level of the ground had changed dramatically because of the destructions in the area. It is a great atmospheric place with 360 columns. That is why it is called also Subterranean Palace.

Water shortage problem in the town directed Romans to have many open air and covered cisterns. This one is the largest roofed cistern in the town.

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