Basilica Cistern


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The biggest cistern of Istanbul. It was built during the rulership of Justinanus the 1st. (527-565) in order to provide water to the palaces.

The cistern entrance is in the little building to the west of Hagia Sophia. The cistern is 140 m long, and 70 m wide The total number of the columns is 336 , each is 9 meter height. Their dimension is 170 x 70 meters .Two Heads of Medusa, which are used as the bases of two columns, are in the north western corner of the cistern. 98 columns have the style of Corint.

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