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The Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is a charming city with a lot of history and places to explore. One of the more exciting spots is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city—located just 150 meters (490 ft) southwest of the famous Hagia Sophia. Built-in the 6th century during Byzantine Emperor Justinian I. Opened to the public, the Basilica Cistern is a popular place to visit for anyone coming to the city. Inside are two upside-down heads of Medusa and Hen’s Eye Column. The origin of heads is unknown. The Hen’s Eye Column shows tears on the column and is said to pay tribute to the many slaves that died during the cistern’s construction. The atmosphere inside is cistern is unique, especially if you have not been in one before. It is well worth visiting, it’s pretty dark inside, but I managed to take a few photographs inside – have a look:

The Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey
The Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey
The Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey
The Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey
The Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey
The Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey
The Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey
The Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey
The Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey
The Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey
The Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey
The Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey
The Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey
The Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey

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