Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Basilica Cistern

Deep under the streets of the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, a vast underground cavern supported by seemingly endless rows of columns wait in the darkness. This stony vault was constructed by slaves to store the water supplies for the city in deep reservoirs in case of a siege. Now, the Basilica Cistern sits mostly empty but illuminated for tourists to pass through the cavern.

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