Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern

This subterranean structure was commissioned by Emperor Justinian and built in 532. It was constructed using 336 columns, many of which were salvaged from ruined temples and feature fine carved capitals. Its symmetry and sheer grandeur of conception are quite breathtaking, and its cavernous depths make a great retreat on summer days.

It was originally known as the Basilica Cistern because it lay underneath the Stoa Basilica, one of the great squares on the first hill. Designed to service the Great Palace and surrounding buildings, it was able to store up to 80,000 cu metres of water delivered via 20km of aqueducts from a reservoir near the Black Sea.

 

NEARBY FEATURE ATTRACTIONS

Resting within the shadow of the HAGIA SOPHIA while brushing against the wall of the renowned TOPKAPI PALACE, this prime location earns Hagia Sofia Mansions a name amongst the most prestigious Hotels within the city.

Hippodrome Square – 200 m
Archaeology Museum – 650 m
Blue Mosque – 250 m
Sultanahmet Tramway – 400 m
Taksim Square – 3.4 km
İstanbul Modern – 2.2 km
İstanbul Airport – 48.0 km
Atatürk Airport – 20.0 km
Sabiha Gökçen Airport – 45.0 km
Hagia Sophia – 50 m
Topkapı Palace – 200 m
Basilica Cistern – 300 m
Bosphorus 1.5 km

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