The Sunken Palace also known as Basilica Cistern in Istanbul, Sultanahmet Square represents the authenticity of Turkey's cultural and historical heritage. | photo by @theradu #istanbul #turkey #palaces #history
Basilica Cistern - A stone's throw from the Hagia Sofia (and a couple stories down, underground) lies one of the most impressive wonders of Istanbul.Built sometime around 6th century CE, the structure was a large basilica involved in commerce and the arts. It was later converted to a cistern during Emperor Justinian's reign to store water for the palace - capable of holding almost 21 million gallons of water.
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