Basilica Cistern - Yerebatan Saray, Istanbul
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This is an ancient waterway built by Emperor Constantine and maintained ever since. It is kind of eerie and lovely in a strange kind of way down there, which is why it is a popular site.
open between 9:30 am - 7:30 pm
it's cool inside ... perfect for a hot afternoon...
Don't forget Medusa on the far end.
Built as a reservoir for the city,one of a few.
As it says on the door,built around 532A.D. and a cooling respite from the heat above.Currently $7 to get in.
Dark and mysterious. It's the largest surviving Byzantine cistern in Istanbul. And no, it's npt upside down. Well, it is but that's how it's sipposed to be.
Go and see this cistern. It is amazing. Government restored t. The walkway that was constructed at that time enables visitors to walk around the cistern.
You can take very good pictures...
Hagia Sophia has a water reserve under the ground... you will find there a very special atmosphere...and an old sculture representing Medusa...
yerebatab Sarnici -The Basilica Cistern, is the old underground water storage area. Its something easy to access and very important old monumnet of Istanbul.
See the Palace Cistern. Try to go when the dervishes are dancing. It's very cool (and temperature cool also, which is great if you are in Istanbul during the summer)!
Go and see absolutely this wonderful place : Yerebatan Sarayi in turkish , means sunken palace . In the guides , Cistern Basilica . Don't ask anymore go there only .