The Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnici)
This underground water storage is the biggest of the today known Cisterns. Constructed in the 6th century during the reign of Emperor Justinianus, the most prosperous period of the East Roman Empire, the cistern Basilica is 70m in width and 140m in length. The dome, covering an area of 9800m-sq, is supported by 336 marble 9m columns arranged in 12 rows each consisting of 28 columns placed at a distance of 4m90cm from one another. The capitals of these 9m high columns are a blend of the lonic and corinthian style with a few exceptions which are in the doric style and not ornamented. The cistern is surrounded by a 4m thick wall of brick and the mortar used in constructions is very special and water-proof. The water reserved in the cistern was transported from the Belgrad forest which is 19km from the city. In 1985 the Metropolitan municipality of Istanbul undertook the restoration of the cistern. On the 9th of September 1987, it was opened for visitors as a vitalized example of universal cultural heritage.
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This book is a collection of more than 150 photos taken during my trip to Turkey in 2007 arranged in a photo book of 80 pages. It was done sometimes back but only published recently on the blurb site for sale.
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