Basilica Cistern – Istanbul

Basilica Cistern – Istanbul

The Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıcı) is the largest preserved underground cistern in Istanbul.

It was built in 532 by Emperor Justinian I. 

Today it looks like a huge underground space of about 140 by 70 meters, in which there are twelve rows of 28 columns 9 meters high

The Basilica Cistern appears in the final stages of Dan Brown’s movie “Inferno“.

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