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YEREBATAN SARNICI/THE BASILICA CISTERN

A journey into the depth of history

The basilica cistern, located in the historical peninsula of Istanbul, is one of the few early architectural examples that have survived till the present age. This glamourous underground cistern was built during the reign of emperor Justinianus in the 6th centuruy, the age of glory for eastern Rome. The cistern is 143m long and 65m wide, and covers a total area of 9.800 SQ m. There are 336 marble columns arranged in 12 rows each consisting are mainly in the lonic and corinthian styles, with the exception of a few in the doric style with no engravings. The cistern is surrounded by a firebrick wall with a thickness of 4m and coated with a special mortor for insulation against water, the cistern's water was provided from the belgrade woods, which lie 19 km north of city, via aqueducts built by emperor Jusitinianus. The crack and the columns were repaired in 1968. Haviing been restored in 1985 by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, the cistern was once again open to the public on September 9, 1987.

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  • Copyright: Hulya Cilen (kayra) Silver Star Critiquer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 7] (162)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2006-11-18
  • Categories: Architettura
  • Esposizione: f/4.5, 1/1.25 secondi
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  • Date Submitted: 2006-12-13 9:17
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