The Basilica Cistern
Where is The Basilica Cistern?
Basilica Cistern is located right across Hagia Sophia ( Ayasofya ).
It provided water to İstanbul during Byzantine Period. It is the largest of all cisterns in Istanbul.
The cistern Basilica is 70 m. in width and 140 m. in height. The dome, covering area of 9800 m2, is supported by 336 marble columns arrenged in 12 rows each consisting of 28 columns ( 9 m. height ) placed at a distance of 4m 90cm. from one another.
History of The Basilica Cistern
Constructed in the 6th century during the reign of Emperor Justinianus, the most prosperus period of the East Roman Empire. The water reserved in the cistern was transported from Belgrad forest by Emperor Justinianus which is 19 km. form the city. In the 1985 the Metropolitian municipality of Istanbul undertook the restoration of the cistern . On the 9th of Septemper 1987, it was opened for visitors as a vitalized example of universal cultural heriage.
How to Go The Basilica Cistern?
The Basilica Cistern is located too closed to Hagia Sophia ( Ayasofya ).
What to Do The Basilica Cistern?
You can see lots of fish in the Basilica Cistern water. In my opinion, the Basilica Cistern is a wonderful place where must see.
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