Friday, 6 November 2015

The Basilica Cistern, Istanbul

While strolling the streets of Istanbul, there's nothing to tell you what grand spaces exist underground. Specifically, the Basilica Cistern. Pop through a door, head down some stairs and suddenly you're in a grand room, over 100,000 square feet in size, supported by more than 300 columns. Istanbul needed water and this space, built in the 6th century, quenched that thirst.

The grand space, nicely lit.

Another view and one of two columns famous for their "Medusa" bases.

Gotta get your picture taken with the Medusa.

Another special column, named "Hen's Eye." The other Medusa head, oriented sideways. The Medusa heads are thought to be recycled from another structure and placed based on their suitability to support a column.

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