Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Basilica Cistern Istanbul

Basilica Cistern/Sunken Palace
Is the largest of the ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul

The cistern, located 150 m from the Hagia Sophia & was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I.

This cathedral-sized cistern & ceiling are supported by a forest of 336 marble columns, each 9 metres (30 ft) high, arranged in 12 rows of 28 columns The capitals of the columns are mainly Ionic and Corinthian styles, with the exception of a few Doric style with no engravings.

The cistern is surrounded by a firebrick wall with a thickness of 4 metres and coated with a waterproofing mortar. The cistern's water was provided from the Belgrade Woods—which lie 19 kilometres north of the city—via aqueducts built by the Emperor Justinian.

St George & the Reggae boys from Europe to Africa

Location:Divan Yolu Cd,Alemdar,Turkey

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