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The Basilica Cistern (Turkish: Yerebatan Sarayı – “Sunken Palace”, or Yerebatan Sarnıcı – “Sunken Cistern”), is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul (formerly Constantinople), Turkey. The cistern, located 500 feet (150 m) west of the Hagia Sophia on the historical peninsula of Sarayburnu, was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I.

The Historic Areas of Istanbul are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Related shots can be found at Turkey or Eastern Meditteranean.

Featured in : Historic Places : 9 Apr 10
Top Ten place in the Best of 2010 Challenge in the Turkey and Turks around the World Group, 29 Dec 10

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basilica cistern, cistern, eastern, hagia sophia, istanbul, pillar, turkey, turkish, unesco, world heritage site

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  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Darover 4 years ago

    rockng

  • Thank you kindly Bobby …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Adri  Padmos
    Adri Padmosover 4 years ago

    Stunning image, Tom!

  • Thank you Adri my friend …

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  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

    fabulous work Tom has to be a fave.x

  • Thank you so much dear Catherine and thank you for the fave …

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  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomover 4 years ago

    fascinating photo with the lights on the columns. I love this!

  • Thank you Mary-Ann, very much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomover 4 years ago

  • Wow, thank you Mary_Ann, I am honoured …

    – Tom Gomez

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 4 years ago

    Love the red lighting, great shot.

  • Thank you Gary, much apprecciated …

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  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 4 years ago

  • Thank you kindly Gina …

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  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    What a marvelous, subtle shot – the lighting is perfect. Congratulations on the feature – well deserved.

  • Thank you so much dear Sheila …

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  • Finbarr Reilly
    Finbarr Reillyover 4 years ago

    great shot Tom

  • Cheers Fino my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 4 years ago

    lovely shot

  • Thank you Sean, very much appreciated …

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