Saturday, April 21, 2007

Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey

This underground water cistern was built under Justinian in 532.  This huge vaulted space contains 336 columns each over 8 meters high.  For over a century after Ottoman rule the Basilica Cistern lay undiscovered and unknown to the Turks.  It was eventually discovered when citizens of Istanbul were found to be catching fish through holes in their basement.  Visitors walk around the eerily lit vault to the sounds of dripping water and classical music.  It costs 10 Turkish Lira to get in.  It looks to be something out of a movie and quite an interesting tourist attraction.  

- nick svilar

1 comment:

clintor said...

It is something out of a movie. See "From Russia with Love."