Yerebatan Sarnıcı (Sunken Cistern) or Basilica Cistern
The name of this subterranean structure derives from a large public square on the First Hill of Constantinople, the Stoa Basilica, beneath which it was originally constructed. Before being converted to a cistern, a great Basilica stood in its place, built between the 3rd and 4th centuries during the Early Roman Age as a commercial, legal and artistic centre. The basilica was reconstructed by Illus after a fire in 476.
Ancient texts indicated that the basilica contained gardens, surrounded by a colonnade and facing the Hagia Sophia. According to ancient historians, Emperor Constantine built a structure that was later rebuilt and enlarged by Emperor Justinian after the Nika riots of 532, which devastated the city.
Historical texts claim that 7,000 slaves were involved in the construction of the cistern.
The enlarged cistern provided a water filtration system for the Great Palace of Constantinople and other buildings on the First Hill, and continued to provide water to the Topkapi Palace after the Ottoman conquest in 1453 and into modern times.
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Giustiniani (3632) 2014-07-07 8:48
un très beau jeu de lumière qui crée une ambiance des plus mystérieuses.
Une superbe capture avec une belle profondeur d'image.
seres76 (1078) 2014-07-07 9:12
İstanbul'un en sevdiğim yeri. Paylaştığın için teşekkürler...
Noel_Byrne (31170) 2014-07-07 11:24
This is an amazing place, and you have a very beautiful image of it here. The light must have been so difficult, but you managed it perfectly to get this moody and dramatic vision. I really admire your idea to have a slightly off centre composition too, it irks really well. This is like a scene from a movie! Really nicely done.
boa (7375) 2014-07-10 12:47
we have seen photos from this place before but it is still interesting to see this fascination place over and over again. Nice shot with good colors and light.
- Copyright: Aleksandar Dekanski (dekanski) (5291)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-29
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Sony HX200v
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/8 seconds
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- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Istanbul
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-07 8:37