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This was a real surprise for me. The Basilica Cistern, also known as the Yerebatan Sarayı is an enourmous cavity under the bustling main streets of Istanbul, Turkey's largest city. It is 138 metres (453 ft) by 64.6 metres (212 ft) in size and can hold 80,000 cubic metres of water. The clear water is a few feet deep and is full of large fish which swim about under the red lights. It is a very eerie place, quiet, gloomy and dripping and a lot cooler than the crowded square above. The cistern is 1,480 years old, having been built in the Byzantine Empire. Well worth a look if you visit the great city.

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