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Yeretaban Cistern Basilica (Sunken Palace)

Alemdar Mh., Yerebatan Caddesi 1/3, Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Located at the Sultanahmet square (close to Hagia Sophia), the Yeretaban Cistern Basilica, also known as the "Sunken Palace", was constructed by Justinian after 532 to supply water to the Byzantine Palace primarily. Today it has been completely renovated. Water still drips melancholically through the ceiling, and the brick-domed ceiling echoes classical music. It is a very impressive, magical place which you must see when you visit Istanbul!


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Atmospheric place!


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The Yeretabn Cistern is a fascinating massive underground store water (during war) which you must see especially if you´ve read Dan Brown´s Inferno. There are hundreds of pillars to support this building. The excursion doesn´t take too much time. The place is beautifully illuminated, when you walk on pavements you can see fish swimming in the water and Medusa head at the back. Some places are dark and slippery. Highly recommended to visit!

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