Yerebatan Sarnıcı (Cistern)
Yerebatan C No: 13 34410
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First reviewed by A'jia Hotel
Nearby Aya Sofia is the 6th century Byzantine underground Basilica cistern, with 335 massive Corinthian columns supporting the immense chamber's fine brick vaulting. This is one of several buried into the city's foundations, and the first to have been excavated and renovated. Thought to have been built in the 4th century by the emperor Constantine, then enlarged two centuries later, it was supplied with water from Belgrade Forest, and supplied it to the Great Palace and Topkapi Palace. It fell into disuse and was then restored in 1987 with the mud and water removed, and narrow raised pathways providing easy access for visitors. It is the largest covered cistern in the city, measuring 140 by 70 metres.
Built in the 6th century during Byzantine Emperor Justinian I's reign, this underground cistern is truly remarkable. With 336 marble columns in Ionic and Corinthian styles, it is frequently visited.
The Underground Cistern provides an excellent example of Roman Architecture. Not only did the Romans design the structure but used already constructed pillars from Pagan Temples indicating an inventory of possible construction materials available nearby.