Istanbul in Fatih district, Istanbul Province, Turkey
The Basilica Cistern
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 9800 m2, is supported by 336 marble columns arrenged (sic) in 12 rows each consisting of 28 columns placed at a distance of 4m 90cm. from one another. The capitals of these 9 m. high columns are a blend of the Ionic and corinthian styles with a few exceptions which are in the doric style and not ornamented. The cistern is surrounded by a 4 m. thick wall of brick and the mortar used in constructions is very special water-proof. The water reserved in the cistern was transported from the Belgrad forest which is 19 km. 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.
Doǧu Roma İmparatorluǧunun en parlak devri olan 6.yy.da İmparator Justinianus tarafından yaptırılmıştır. Uzunluǧu 140 m. genişliǧi 70m. olan sarnıç toplam 9800 m2 bir alana sahiptir. Her sırada 28 sütun, 12 sıra halinde yerleştiri|miş birbirinden
Erected by Istanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi (Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality).
Location. 41° 0.504′ N, 28° 58.678′ E. Marker is in Istanbul, Istanbul Province, in Fatih district. Marker is on Yerebatan Caddesi just from Alaemdar Caddesi, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Basilica Cistern (here, next to this marker); Million (within shouting distance of this marker); The Milion Stone (within shouting distance of this marker); Hagia Sophia (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Türbe (Tomb) of Sultan Selim II (about 120 meters away); The Remnants of the Theodosian Hagia Sophia (5th Century) (about 150 meters away); Firuz Aga Mosque (about 150 meters away); The Türbe (Tomb) of Sultan Mehmed III (about 150 meters away). Click for a list of all markers in Istanbul.
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