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Basilica Cistern

Constructed in the 6th century during the reign of Emperor Justinianus, the most prosperous period of the East Roman Empire, the Cistern Basilica is 70m in width and 140m in lenght and supported by 336 marble columns. In 1985 the municipality of Istanbul undertook the restoration of the cistern.

Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern (11910 views)

cistern cafe

Cistern Cafe (3933 views)

cistern ceiling

Cistern Ceiling (3871 views)

Cistern Medusa Column support

Cistern Medusa Column Support (4769 views)

Cistern Medusa Head Column

Cistern Medusa Head Column (4431 views)

Cistern Columns

Cistern Columns (3572 views)

Cistern ghost image

Cistern Ghost Image (3694 views)

Peacock Eyed Column

Peacock Eyed Column (4445 views)


Cistern (4555 views)

people in cistern

People In Cistern (3241 views)

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