This cathedral-sized cistern is an underground chamber of 143 by 65 metres, capable of holding 80,000 cubic metres of water. The large space is broken up by a forest of 336 marble columns each 9 metres high. The bases of two of these columns reuse earlier blocks carved with the head of a Medusa.
The cistern, located in the historical peninsula of Istanbul, was built by the Greeks during the reign of emperor Justinianus in the 6th century, the age of glory of Eastern Rome, also called the Byzantine Empire. The cistern is surrounded by a firebrick wall with a thickness of 4 meters and coated with a special mortar for insulation against water. The cistern's water was provided from the Belgrade Woods—which lie 19km north of the city—via aqueducts built by the emperor Justinianus.
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Vagabond (5848) 2006-07-26 11:06
Very good composition with excellent capture of main subject and its reflection. Worth a WS or another shot to get rid of the disturbing blue object at the left upper corner. Congratulations ..
cherryripe (21033) 2006-07-27 7:49
This would have to be my favourite place in Istanbul. Although on a short visit, I went there twice. The colours of the statue are excellent and the light very special. I would have preferred the same movement of the people on the left as on the right.
Leonie (8809) 2006-07-28 3:45
I know this place in Istanbul...very impressive pillars! It's truely beautiful, the way she lies with her face in the water...Tescheküll for sharing!
MIG13 (0) 2006-07-29 4:31
Hi, Ertugrul! Nice and impressive pic! I've been to this cistern some years ago and I think it is amazing! Thanks for sharing! Greetings from Rio! Miguel.
Graal (101104) 2006-08-02 2:27
good shot and captured theme. Nice colours and interesting note. I like this work.
rosaline (0) 2006-08-07 14:22
Good capture of this head with the reflections that add a good feeing of depth. This cistern is indeed a marvellous place to visit. The feeling and atmosphere of the place is conveyed in this shot. Nice exposure and light control. Well done.
napdsp (744) 2006-09-03 5:42
Wonderful composition -- making such a statement. It looks really grand. The colors on the face is really amazing. TFS.
John_F_Kennedy (43553) 2006-09-04 5:21
Powerful contrast in the pic with strong colours. I really love the composition
erel (11890) 2007-05-27 4:19
Renkler ve ışık çok hoş olmuş ve net tebrikler EREL
tehanu_f (6896) 2007-08-25 6:32
Bana elestiri yazmasaydin galerini belki daha uzun bir sure goremeyecektim. Burada cok sayida iyi fotografci var ve bazen bazilari gozden kaciyor. galerinde gercekten cok iyi seyler var. Bu bana degisik geldi. Isigi ve renkleri cok guzel. Tebrikler.
rozy975 (3047) 2007-08-25 7:26
Isik kullanimi cok basarili.
xramm (1831) 2007-09-07 3:30
Merhaba Ertugrul bey
Butun fotgraflariniz basarili,ama bu ozellikle ben Basilica Cistern de cok deneme yaptigim icin ilgimi cekti, makinamin teknik yetersizliklerinden dolayi asamadigim noktalari sizin asmaniz cok hosuma gitti; Detay kalitesi!
bu sitenin en iyi taraflarindan biri ayni konuyu baska bakis acisindanda izlemenin keyfi olsa gerek..Elinize saglik.
lpi (4857) 2009-11-08 1:04
trés belle composition, les couleurs sur le visage sont superbes !
- Copyright: eRTugruL TR (ebayrakci) (244)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-09-14
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), Canon 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
- Exposure: f/2.8
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Places I have visited [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-07-26 10:31